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Intellectual Property

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Protect Inventors or Take Down Trolls? Patent Reform with Senator John Cornyn, CEO Innovestion, and Rackspace

Maya Horgan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Maya Horgan

Senator John Cornyn, Rackspace, and CEO-General Council Kevin Fiur share their insights on a few impending policies that will liberate the entrepreneur... or facilitate idea stealing.

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Some important issues remain to be decided within the TPP that could substantially affect its ultimate positive impact. Chief among these is an ongoing debate surrounding intellectual property (IP) rights.

Berne, Baby, Berne

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For a century, Peter Baldwin, a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and at New York University, points out, the United States, far more than its counterparts in Europe, had balanced encouraging authorial creativity (and appropriate remuneration) against enhancing the public good through the diffusion of knowledge.

Scary Bedtime Stories: Health Care and the Patent Trolls

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

A true patent troll does not produce or sell any products of its own. It's a legal entity created specifically and solely to generate a revenue stream from patents, preferably through entering into licensing agreements, but also through litigation.

Can You Trademark a Sound?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.

The Most Inspiring Thing to Happen in Business in Years

Derek Handley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Derek Handley

The motivation is simple -- the Tesla mission is to accelerate the shift of humanity's reliance on fossil fuels towards sustainable, renewably powered transportation.

Prime Minister Modi and the U.S.: First a Visa. What Is in the Cards Next?

Frank Islam | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Modi's victory and his emphasis on economic development and business-like approach to governing provide an important opportunity to push the reset button and to reinvigorate this partnership.

Stuck in the Job

Michael Drew | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Michael Drew

It used to be that people stayed with jobs they didn't like because they had decent health care coverage through their company's insurance. Now they're stuck because they have a non-compete clause built into their employment contract.

IP Enforcement Summit -- Ensuring Creativity and Innovation Continues to Thrive

Chris Dodd | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Chris Dodd

The United Kingdom has long been recognized across the globe as a hub of creativity and innovation. So it should come as no surprise that the British...

An Introduction: Hired to Invent and the Shop Right Doctrine

Brad Reid | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Employers, employees, and independent contractors should beware of utilizing a standardized form. It may be incomplete or not appropriate for your situation.

Created in China

China Hands | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
China Hands

China still has significant progress to make in IP protection. But with the government's new commitment to innovation, Chinese companies are becoming significant players in the market, catching up to international patent filings from American or Japanese companies.

Who Owns Innovative Technology Developed at Home?

Brad Reid | Posted 06.07.2014 | Small Business
Brad Reid

An employer owns an employee's intellectual property that has been produced in the scope of employment. Does "scope of employment" only involve time at the workplace?

Non-Disclosure Agreements May Not Protect Intellectual Property

Brad Reid | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

This case contains several lessons. First, there must be confidential information or trade secrets in order to have a meaningful confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement.

Why Generation Y Is Addicted to Living Life Above the Law

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

My generation must now assume responsibility for its actions. We need to work hand in hand with lawmakers to strike a balance in which copyright law protects existing intellectual property, but doesn't stifle the creation of future intangible assets.

Why Proprietary Property Is Dangerous for Your Business

Ian Altman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

Creative businesses would figure out a better way to solve a similar issue, without infringing on our patents. The problem is that by resting on the false-security of a patent, it is easy to get blindsided by innovation, service or creative alternatives.

Every American Parent Should Teach Their Children about Patents: Here's Why

Richie Etwaru | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Richie Etwaru

I did not learn about patents until about the age of 25, and I was insanely lucky to find co-founders who explained to me why it was important that our start-up business filed a patent. How many Americans learn this by 25, and how do Americans become more intellectual property aware even younger?

Five Legal Myths That Can Cost You a Fortune

Jack Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Your mom already warned you: Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you should. Remember the bridge?

A Forward-Looking Trade Agenda for the Digital Economy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

With major trade negotiations now underway in the Atlantic and Pacific -- plus separate multilateral talks progressing on services and IT products -- we have a historic opportunity to enact such an agenda and drive long-term growth in the digital economy.

Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That's a Bingo!

Michelle Wein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Media
Michelle Wein

Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement.

Better Understanding of Fair Use, Tech Missing From Copyright Hearing

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Fair use is one of many ways Congress has ensured appropriate balance in our copyright law.

Nollywood, Piracy and the Millennial Crisis

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

With annual revenues of about $600 million, it's impossible not to be impressed with the industry born just two decades ago with no structure in place.

Everyone Loves Innovation But Many Forget What It Takes

Don Rosenberg | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Don Rosenberg

Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten what it takes to incentivize the hard work, investment and creativity that bring new inventions into the world.

U.S.-India Relations Will Endure Despite the Khobragade Controversy

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...