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Like It or Love It: How Not to Get Pinned (Legally) When Using Social Media to Promote Your Brand

Twitter®, Instagram®, Facebook®, Pinterest® and other social media websites and apps are great avenues for advertising and promotion of one’s business and brand. However, in using …
By Philip Nulud
6 days ago 0

Real estate tech firm Redfin has successful IPO under shadow of potential patent suit

Seattle, WA-based real estate tech firm Redfin went public after an initial public offering that exceeded expectations, reaching $15 per share and a total valuation of $138.5 million. The …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 0

3 Essential Questions for Lawyers to Conquer Their Fears

Lawyers are constantly bombarded by challenges that naturally create fear and anxiety. Many lawyers don’t recognize these fears and fail effectively to deal with them. This …
By Bernard Knight
14 days ago 2

Now a Big Company Wants You to Take a Patent License…

  This is going to be a different ride Most high technology companies have a good grasp of the challenges and solutions for dealing with patent trolls. However, …

How to Get More Business When Patent Litigation Filings are Down

Lawyers often wonder how to enhance their marketability and in the process, generate more revenue or improve their image.   After all, success at a firm is about “…
By Bernard Knight
1 month ago 23

View from the Courtroom: What to Expect When You Try to Get a TRO in Your Unfair Competition Case

Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ …
By Steven Blackburn
1 month ago 3

What Will Not Work to Protect Trade Secrets or Enforce Non-Competes in California

Employers should think twice before including the unenforceable provisions in employment contracts merely for their deterrent effect. Such a practice is risky. If an employer terminates an …

California Non-Competes: Things You Can Do ‘Around the Edges’

There are not many things an employer can do to prevent unfettered competition by a former employee. B&P Section 16600 states that “every contract by which anyone …

Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

As discussed elsewhere in this Take 5, although California employers generally cannot restrict an employee’s ability to work elsewhere, California employers can protect their trade secrets and …
By Peter Steinmeyer
2 months ago 0

Critical Importance of Realistically Identifying and Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

California employers often face an upward battle when it comes to protecting against competitive activity by former employees... In order to safeguard their trade secrets, companies doing …
By James Goodman & Amy Messigian
2 months ago 1

Emergy Labs Wins LES Foundation’s 2016-2017 International Business Plan Competition Grand Prize

The LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition, now in its 13th year, focuses uniquely on the intellectual property (IP) aspects of business strategy. For the first 11 years, …
By Renee C. Quinn
2 months ago 1

Are e-Commerce Sites Protecting Innovators & IP Owners?

Mark Lopreiato, the inventor of the Forearm Forklift, recorded sales of $4 million in 2008 but since then has seen a 30% drop, which he attributes to cheap replicas available …
By Joan Porta
3 months ago 0

Patent Exhaustion at the Supreme Court: Industry Reaction to Impression Products v. Lexmark

Bob Stoll: ''And it is the international exhaustion holding that is particularly troubling. Sales abroad act independently from the US patent system and there is no impact …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 28

Strategic Patent Portfolio Decision-making: From filing to maintenance

When it comes to making strategic patent portfolio decisions, it is more important than ever to be informed, thorough and discriminating with your decision-making. In short, the …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 0

How the U.S. Can Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators

An unfounded belief persists that entrepreneurs are the primary innovators. However, in a study of the top 30 innovations of the last 30 years up through 2009, as judged by …
By Derek Handova
3 months ago 2