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A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets'... more +
A Trade Secret is any information, not generally known or easily ascertainable, by which an enterprise develops an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In order to maintain trade secrets' protected legal status, enterprises must make reasonable efforts to keep the information secret and prevent unnecessary disclosure.  Trade Secrets may include processes, formulas, methods, designs, patterns, et cetera.   less -

Protect Your Intellectual Property or Else

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With an increasingly competitive marketplace challenging traditional business models, protecting intellectual property in the automotive industry has never been more vital. Among a business's most valuable assets are the four...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2016

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Supreme Court Expands Discretion to Award Enhanced Damages for Patent Infringement and Eliminates the Federal Circuit’s ‘Seagate Test’ - In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - August 2016

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Supreme Court Abolished Federal Circuit's Test for Willfulness - On June 13, 2016, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 579 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court unanimously abrogated the Federal Circuit’s...more

Introduction to IP: Some Basics of Patents, Trademarks, & Trade Secrets

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What is “Intellectual Property” (IP)? •Exclusive Rights to Certain Intellectual Products (Ideas) –Necessary due to the “non-rivalrous” nature of ideas: •“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction...more

Why Should the Automotive Industry Care About Intellectual Property?

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With the technological innovation of vehicle safety evolving rapidly, the world just may experience flying and talking cars as seen in the Disney Pixar film Cars. Intellectual property will continue to play an essential role...more

Impact of Brexit on Intellectual Property

Now that the dust is settling on the UK’s decision to leave the EU, our clients are asking what this means for them. Change always brings opportunities, as well as challenges, and we are focused on helping our clients...more

Five IP Lessons for Small to Medium–sized Businesses

Intellectual property plays an increasingly significant role in the successful management of American and international businesses alike.  I’ve set out below a few of the most important questions that you as a small to...more

Eat Your Art Out: Intellectual Property Protection for Food

Let’s face it, we live in a food-crazed world. Our current preoccupation with food has less to do with eating it; we also are fascinated with looking at it. Posting photos of food on Instagram is now a universal pastime. ...more

Intellectual Property Law - June 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview - Why it matters: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

An Intellectual Property Primer for Franchisors

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Intellectual property is a core asset of any franchisor. In fact, intellectual property is important to virtually all businesses. For some companies, it’s their most valuable asset. A basic knowledge of intellectual property...more

Obtaining and Recording IP Assignments

The earliest-acquired and most valuable assets of a typical startup company are the elements of that company’s intellectual property, which may include copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Failure to...more

Insert Coin

Those of you who occasionally read my posts may have noticed that video games are a hobby and interest of mine. I have posted on issues involving video games several times. See Executing Noriega, Flash in the Panama, Calling...more

To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Social Media and Intellectual Property Issues

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Social media platforms are very useful, but they also create legal issues. Without question, social media has changed the way businesses communicate with their clients and consumers. Likewise, social media has changed the way...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Features Key Developments in Intellectual Property and Information Technology

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On October 5, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) countries announced that they had resolved all remaining issues and reached a final agreement on the long-anticipated regional free-trade agreement. As King & Spalding...more

Common IP pitfalls every business can avoid

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As a business owner or manager, you have probably experienced or at least heard about costly and disruptive intellectual property infringement lawsuits. You may also be very concerned about protecting your company’s customer...more

7 Intellectual Property Issues Startup Entrepreneurs Should Not Overlook

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When startups are in the whirlwind of launching a new product or strategizing a marketing plan, there are crucial intellectual property issues that should not be overlooked. Here are seven things startups should know about IP...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

The Upcoming Implementation of the Italian Patent Box Regime

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Several press articles in recent weeks have anticipated the upcoming enactment of the Ministerial Decree which will eventually implement the Italian Patent Box regime. The Ministry of Economics and Finance announced on 29...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2015

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California’s Eraser Law: What IP Attorneys and Owners Need to Know - Hector recently graduated from UC Berkeley and is anxious about his upcoming job interview. He is about to enter the adult world. But he has also got...more

Legal Issues In Collaborations

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Innovation depends on collaboration and leveraging the expertise of diverse individuals is instrumental to creating new technologies. While there are many benefits to collaborations, significant legal issues can arise such as...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2015

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Copyrighting Player-Generated Content in Video Games - Last year, consumers spent more than $21 billion on the video game industry. The Entertainment Software Association reports that almost 60% of Americans—roughly...more

Get smart when tackling estate planning for intellectual property

How should one account for intellectual property (IP), such as a patent or copyright, in their estate plan? These intangible assets can be highly valuable, and they should be handled according to the owner’s wishes. This...more

Intellectual Property Issues for Health Care Providers - November 2014

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In This Presentation: - Introduction - Intellectual Property (IP) Basics - IP Strategy - IP Encountered by Health Care Providers - Securing Ownership of IP Assets -...more

Intellectual Property Law Issues for Health Care Providers

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Whether they are aware of it or not, health care providers create, purchase and use a variety of intellectual property daily in the course of operating their businesses, sometimes leading to issues involving patents,...more

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