Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) are part and parcel of effective intellectual property management. What elements an NDA should include depends on your intent. To be sure you meet your specific needs, you should consult an experienced IP attorney. That said, most experts agree that there are certain provisions every confidentiality agreement should include, and in this post we […]
Category: Patent Prosecution and Litigation
Judge denies Qualcomm another bite out of Apple
It doesn’t matter if you are a small technology company working your way up through the business ranks or an entity with a massive mother ship in Silicon Valley like Apple, intellectual property litigation tends to be a high-stakes game. Protecting your IP interests represents one significant challenge when you are a patent holder. On […]
A general overview of patent litigation
Obtaining a patent is one thing. Protecting the rights after assignment of a patent is another. Each are separate activities. The process in the first instance is patent prosecution. The functions associated with the second focus on defending a patent against infringement and fall under litigation, as do those associated with challenging the validity of […]
They say AI’s the future, but IP questions are surfacing now
Computer-implemented inventions (CII), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) are all elements of modern creative endeavor. While many talk about these tools and the possibilities they represent for the future, those who work in intellectual property law know that they are playing important roles in the world now, speeding up the pace of technological advancements. […]
US implications of new European software patent guidelines
As of the beginning of November, regulators in Europe have new guidelines for how they assess and grant requests for patents. These updates by the European Patent Office have come to be expected annually. Analysts report that the greatest changes this time around deal with computer-implemented inventions (CII) – effectively, computer software. According to more […]
2018 Nobel economy prize highlights value of patents
Is inventiveness simply the result of clever thinkers who get notions and run with them, or is it something more? While the former is clearly valuable in furthering innovation, many observers offer that the latest Nobel Prize for Economics reflects a view that we believe to be equally important. That the most valuable innovations follow from solid […]
What’s Rule 11, and why should I care?
Time is money and the purpose of business is not to waste either commodity. Because it can cost money, courts don’t like to waste time either, which is why Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure exists. That rule requires that before filing any civil action plaintiffs must be sure they have legitimate basis for […]
What conditions suggest the need for local counsel?
Just because your business is in one location does not mean that all legal disputes you confront will take place in that jurisdiction. We live in a global economy and the potential of legal action can come from anywhere in the world. If a dispute reaches the stage of a suit, the venue might not […]
What will it take to reach California’s ‘carbon-free’ goal?
The world is now abuzz in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a law that sets California on a track to achieve the goal of being a fossil fuel-free state by 2045. Since taking that action, there have been calls from some quarters that China now needs to step up its game in […]
Why an IP strategy can be invaluable to your business
When you start a business, you have myriad responsibilities to manage. You need to take charge of all the basics to get your company up and running: developing a business plan, registering your company, purchasing property, hiring staff and marketing your services. In addition, you also need to take steps to protect your company from […]