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Negotiating with Intellectual Ventures (IV)? What about their other funds?

This post provides a practical approach for companies to handle the licensing of Intellectual Venture’s (IV’s) smaller in-house funds (ISF & IDF) during a negotiation …

Signs of turbulence in Musk’s business holdings grow as SolarCity reduces jobs commitment at Buffalo, NY plant

SolarCity was a little more muted on the topic of how many jobs it would create in Buffalo, and yet those promises are still being broken. News …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

Patent Office Issues New AIA Rules

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued an updated set of rules affecting trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In large part, …
By Christopher King
1 month ago 2

The Business of IP: Choosing Between Patents and Trade Secrets

In the field of Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys have options when counseling clients on how to protect their IP. However, these options remain subject to constant forces …
By Derek Handova
1 month ago 0

IP Offshoring: The Pros, Cons and Potential Cost Savings

There are two main business strategies of offshoring, called the captive form model and independent contractor model. The captive firm model is when a company hires their …
By Angélique McCall
1 month ago 6

Knocking out the knockoffs: IP learnings from a successful TRO and seizure

Protecting intellectual property today is more challenging than ever, and the stakes are high. An open and rapid-fire exchange of information has become the norm in our …
By Shawn Kolitch
1 month ago 0

Adda Gogoris and Michael Davitz Join Leason Ellis as Partners in Pharma/Biotech Practice Group

Gogoris and Davitz are well-known biotech and pharmaceutical patent attorneys. Their addition to Leason Ellis helps to solidify the firm as a powerhouse among biotech and pharmaceutical …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Rest in Peace Friend: Karl Jorda 1929 – 2016

Earlier this afternoon the Pierce IP Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law announced via Twitter that Professor Karl Jorda has passed away. Karl …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 11

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Damages for Design Patent Infringement

Recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding damages available in design patent cases highlight the court’s divergence from its …

Definition of a ‘Trade Secret’ Under the DTSA

In general, the form of the information qualifying as a trade secret under the DTSA is extremely broad, and includes information of any form, regardless of “how …
By Peter J. Toren
1 month ago 1

Book Review: Patents After the AIA: Evolving Law and Practice

The treatise presents both practical and strategic advice regarding the preparation, prosecution, evaluation, enforcement, and litigation of U.S. utility patents after the passage of the AIA …
By David Kappos
1 month ago 4

Will the Federal Circuit’s Enfish ruling have broader implications for data storage patents in general?

Days before this Federal Circuit decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its decision for Informatica Corp. v. Protegrity Corp. The patent at issue in …
By Audrey Ogurchak & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 4

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Creates Federal Jurisdiction for Trade Secret Litigation

There is now federal jurisdiction for trade secret theft. The DTSA creates a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation that largely mirrors the current state …

As Airbnb disrupts the hotel industry it increases D.C. lobbying

This increased political exposure across the nation is likely a big reason why Airbnb is increasing its DC lobbying arsenal by hiring former Congressman Vin Weber and …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

The Royalty Rate for a Subset of Standard Essential Patents – What Is Reasonable?

How can a patent that is deemed essential for a standard not be infringed in a product that implements that standard? One possible explanation could be that …
By Menno Treffers
1 month ago 1