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Patent Theft: Types of Patent Infringement in the United States

By James Bunts | May 10, 2018

Market Monitoring: Watching for Infringers After getting a patent granted from the government, the next step is enforcing the patent for its active lifetime of 20 years from the filing date (15 years from date of issue for design patents). Generally, it’s not a question of whether a patent is being infringed; it’s a question …

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What is Trade Dress

What is Trade Dress

By John Ahn | May 9, 2018

Trade dress is an area of trademark law that is often overlooked. A trademark is word, phrase, logo, symbol, or design associated with a good or a service that is legally protected and helps distinguish the source of said good or service from those of others. A trade dress, on the other hand, refers to …

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Design Patent Application Requirements

By Wooshik Shim | April 18, 2018

What is a Design Patent? Under the United States patent system, there are utility, design and plant patents.  A design patent is different from a utility patent in that “a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works, while a design patent protects the way an article looks.” In a more legal …

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Difference Between Trademark, Copyright and Patent

By James Bunts | April 4, 2018

You’ve started a business enterprise and now are looking to protect your intellectual property, great! There are a variety of legal instruments available to accomplish your business goals. These are: patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and right of publicity. Patent Patents grant the owner an exclusive right, or monopoly, for a limited time on the …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 3

By Irene Sulaiman | March 21, 2018

This third part of the three-part series with respect to Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies for Startups will discuss some recommended IP strategies to protect the startup’s IP. Click the corresponding links here for Part 1 and Part 2. Part 3. Employ several strategies to protect the IP assets Consider the following strategies to ensure that …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 2

By Irene Sulaiman | March 14, 2018

Part I of this article provided a quick overview of IP assets that startups may consider. The second of this three-part series focuses on the importance of IP ownership for startups. Part 2. Identify owners of the IP Considering the nature of a startup, it is natural for the IP to be developed by a …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 1

By Irene Sulaiman | February 26, 2018

Starting startups is bold and exciting. An entrepreneur once told me, it is hard to imagine working for someone other than herself. Her goal is to be her own boss. I love that entrepreneurial spirit! Most founders come from a background that can help propel their startup. However, no matter how good they are with …

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We Can Help You With a Business Method Patent

By JD Houvener | December 19, 2017

With technological advances, the business method patent has become an important asset for many individuals and companies. They represent hard work and determination to create processes and models that increase the value of entire industries. However, they belong to the person or organization that develops them and include rights to prevent the use by others. …

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Bold Decision! Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.: Courts Say Google Can Drink Oracle’s Java

By JD Houvener | December 5, 2017

In 2010, Oracle America, Inc. sued Google, Inc. for copyright infringement (and patent infringement). In the suit, Oracle claimed that Google’s Android mobile operating system (Android OS) infringed Oracle’s copyrighted Java programming language (which Oracle acquired from Sun Microsystems that same year). Specifically, Oracle claimed that Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API) …

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Bold Moves! Patent Inventorship vs. Ownership: Distinctive Concepts

By JD Houvener | September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 The old concept of a patent used to be that an individual inventor comes up with a brilliant idea, files a patent alone and sets up a company to commercialize the invention. As technology becomes more complex and cooperation becomes a norm, it becomes much harder to come across a lone inventor. …

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