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Intellectual Property

The Beginner's Guide to Protecting Your Digital Property

Harold Stark | Posted 09.22.2016 | Technology
Harold Stark

So you consider yourself something of a prodigy. Using nothing but raw talent and hard work, you have created something wonderful in the world of info...

A Dynamic Patent System and the Power of American Innovation

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Michelle K. Lee

IP has never been more important to the evolution of our increasingly knowledge-based economy. Not more than a few decades ago, a company's most valua...

Foie Gras: Traditions And Gastropolitics

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 09.12.2016 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Maine Lobsters, Kona Coffee, Russian Valley Wines: local culinary specialties, heritage foods, and autochthonous wine varieties have become objects of growing interest among growing segments of consumers in the Global North.

How The IOC Effectively Maintains A Gag Order On Nonsponsors Of The Olympics

The Conversation US | Posted 08.15.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Whether on television or the internet, the vast majority of businesses are blocked from nearly any mention of the 2016 Olympic Games - whether in conjunction with promoting their own products or even just saluting their national teams.

Consultation: Your Expertise Is Valuable

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 06.20.2016 | Education
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

I get emails all the time asking questions about how I started my own school, emails that I gladly answer, but usually end up going no further than an initial contact, for whatever reason. This weekend however, I had the pleasure of doing my first full on-site consultation, face to face, across state lines, which started out as an email.

A (Non-Intellectual-Property-Infringing) Disney Theme Park Comes to China

Sam Johnson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Travel
Sam Johnson

Shanghai Disneyland will officially open on June 16, a move eagerly awaited by many Chinese and expats alike. (With some notable exceptions.) An expat myself, I too am excited to visit.

Embarking on a New Adventure: Open Data at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Michelle K. Lee

Few things are more exciting than arriving at an unknown platform for the first time. Whether it's Grand Central Station, Roma Termini, or the metro i...

What Is the Value of a Brand?

Dave Bookbinder | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Dave Bookbinder

A key element of differentiating from the competition, a powerful brand can illicit loyalty from satisfied customers and typically allow a company to charge a higher price relative to its competitors.

Protecting America's Secret Sauce: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Michelle K. Lee

Today is a new day for American inventors. The President and Congress helped American companies and innovators protect their intellectual property from those engaging in economic espionage by passing and signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

The Golden Egg of Innovation: The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Charles H. Rivkin

In many cultures around the world, from the Fables of Aesop to the Mahabharata, there is a parable about a goose, hen, or bird that produces golden eg...

For Entrepreneurs: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Parker Beauchamp

In a digitally connected world, ideas are easy to share, distribute and, unfortunately, even steal. By definition, an entrepreneur is a person who "...

A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In encouraging news given today's climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation. Even more encouraging? The legisla...

TPP: The New Gold Standard for Intellectual Property Protection in Trade Agreements?

East-West Center | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
East-West Center

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, with its emphasis on dismantling behind-the-border trade restrictions and on fostering regulatory coherence, is often referred to as the new "gold standard" for preferential trade agreements.

Photo Copyright: Oscar Wilde, Richard Prince, and Your Instagram Content

Kim Farbota | Posted 03.16.2016 | Arts
Kim Farbota

Foundations: Oscar Wilde and the Origins of Photo Copyright In 1882 a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde arrived in New York City. Wilde's best-known works, The...

Ways Social Media Impacts Law

Brad Reid | Posted 03.03.2016 | Crime
Brad Reid

Social media, broadly defined, is having a powerful impact in the U.S. legal environment. Additionally, as social media crosses national boundaries, global legal concerns, not addressed in this brief comment, must be considered in practice.

From blue sky science to blue ribbon policy: a call to action

Terry Babcock-Lumish | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
Terry Babcock-Lumish

Exhortations to learn from history are nothing new. But how to make sense of that which is wholly novel, for which history books fail to offer a tidy ...

Broad Legal Lessons From the Superman Litigation

Brad Reid | Posted 02.23.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

On February 10, 2016, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision in lengthy litigation related to a 1938 tra...

Cancer Patient Lays Bare the Danger of TPP and the "Pharma Bro" Problem

Lori Wallach | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

If passed, the TPP would lock in policies that not only allow price gouging, but essentially require all TPP-signatory governments to provide monopoly rights allowing drug companies to charge whatever they want.

Bulletproof Your Business Against Counterfeiters

Janice Celeste | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Janice Celeste

If you're a small business and you find yourself with an easy to replicate successful invention or product, it's only a short matter of time before it will likely be copied and sold right from under you.

Icons of Innovation: A Journey to Becoming an Inventor

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

Over the past two decades, I have thought of myself as a program designer, maker, and informal learning educator. I recently acquired a seemingly stra...

Engaging With the Next Evolution of Innovation at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology
Michelle K. Lee

America is an innovation nation. Consider just one evolution of invention that developed and grew here -- the telegraph, the telephone, the television, the personal computer, to the very Internet on which you're reading these words -- and look for the common denominator.

Teachers: Why Choose Between Money and Fulfillment?

Kristan Braziel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Education
Kristan Braziel

I'm going to say something that isn't very popular: teacher pay per hour really isn't all that bad. Hear me out. As a teacher, you can't just show up in the classroom during school hours and expect to do an even halfway decent job.

6 New Rules Of Business For The Next Industrial Revolution

Alan Murray | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business
Alan Murray

The world is in the midst of a new industrial revolution. Fortune's Geoff Colvin has a fascinating piece that lays out what this means for modern companies. But for the time-pressed, here are my six big takeaways.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

The New Global Leader, Part XI: Karin van Auwera, Strengthening Cross-Cultural Bridges

O'Brien Browne | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Karin van der Auwera's life and career epitomizes our intricately connected globalized world. Of mixed Serbian and German descent, she has lived, worked and studied throughout the USA and Europe.