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Protecting your IP with an Audit – and what to do if you’re audited

Protecting your IP with an Audit – and what to do if you’re audited

“IP audit” can have two different meanings. One form of IP audit is more like an IP inventory – it looks at what IP a company has in its portfolio. The second type of IP audit involves checking whether a licensee is in compliance with its licen… Read More
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Categories: Trade Secrets
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Recent Patent Developments in the Autonomous Vehicle Market

Large companies around the world continue to file patents for autonomous vehicles (AVs). AVs can improve road safety while lowering the environmental footprint of vehicles. Among those recently issued, some interesting ones are Apple’s Project Tita… Read More
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Categories: Patents, Trademarks
Supreme Court

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Patent Board

The United State Supreme Court recently granted three petitions for certiorari that challenged the Federal Circuit’s ruling that administrative law judges on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) are appointed in violation of the Appointments Cl… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Understanding the AI Patent Landscape

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued a report on the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world in general and on the patent system specifically. The USPTO even used AI to compile its report. It used a machine… Read More
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Categories: Patents, Trademarks
Supreme Court Justice Barrett

How Might New Supreme Court Justice Barrett Rule on IP Cases?

How is the newest Supreme Court Justice, Amy Coney Barrett, likely to rule in Intellectual Property cases? Justice Barrett is only 48 years old. Given that Supreme Court justices serve for life, she could be interpreting the law for the next 40 years… Read More
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The Changing Patent Landscape in the Semiconductor Space

Patents are used extensively in the semiconductor industry. Digital consumer products like smartphones, computers, mobile phones, and televisions all use semiconductors. The global semiconductor industry’s revenues for 2019 was $419.15 billion… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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How IP Rights Can Be Waived to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderna, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently issued a statement that it wouldn’t enforce its COVID-19-related patents against other companies making vaccines to fight the virus. The company “is a pioneer in the dev… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Cease-and-Desist Letters: How to Protect Your Brand without Alienating Customers

As Fortune reported, “Actor Bill Murray is in hot water with the Doobie Brothers for using their 1972 hit “Listen to the Music” in commercials without the band’s permission. Normally, such disputes result in a quiet legal sett… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
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Protecting Recipes and Food as Intellectual Property

If you’re involved in the food service industry, how can you protect your business from unauthorized copying of your recipes and food? Are those things even protectable? Trade Secrets As we discussed in this recent blog, one way to protect confiden… Read More
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Court Finds that Trade “Secrets” Aren’t Secret on Zoom Call

Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property that the law protects from unauthorized use or disclosure, under certain conditions. Trade secrets can be protected by both state and federal law. These laws vary, but all define trade secrets as info… Read More
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Categories: Trade Secrets