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Surprising Findings in China

Judah Freed | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Judah Freed

Steve Hoffman at Founders Space recently returned from a "marathon business trip" to China. He returned with some unexpected findings that defy many of our staid stereotypes in the West. With Steve's permission, I am quoting his findings below.

Trending: An Education in Fashion Law

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 07.15.2015 | Style
Stacy Slotnick

Fashion may be the epitome of imagination and art but without fashion lawyers to help protect inimitable brands and original works, the industry cannot thrive and advance. Human creativity needs safeguarding.

A Congressional Straightjacket: Fast-Tracking the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Now that Congress has granted President Barack Obama "fast-track" authority to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and investment treaty among twelve countries on the Pacific Rim, where do we go from here?

Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
David Coates

Moves seem well underway in the Republican-controlled Senate to fast-track the vote on fast-tracking -- maybe as early as this coming Tuesday. That would be a pity, since the arguments for not passing the proposed trade deal continue to be worthy of long and slow consideration.

6 Steps to Ending the Copy Cat in Business

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Asha Ramakrishna

The unoriginal, uninspired, and lacking of confidence in the phenomenon of a person who steals your ideas, words, and work is an eye roll to every business owner.

The Digital Revolution Meets the Human Brain

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Alvaro Fernandez

To predict the future, it helps to examine one key leading indicator of tech investment: patent activity.

Get Up, Stand Up: Celebrating World IP Day

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Getting up and standing up for music and the people who make it requires us to do more than think about questions of compensation and creation; it requires us to make sure that broader aspects of our copyright laws reflect our nation's values.

Suli Breaks the School Myth: My Stroll With Suli Breaks

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

Every April 26 we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. The theme for this year's Observance is, Get up, stand up. Stand up for your music

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Designing Something? Protect Your Trade Dress

Brad Reid | Posted 05.30.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Trade dress involves the overall nonfunctional appearance and design characteristics of items including such elements as shape, color, graphics, and packaging. Great trade dress can make an already good product sizzle. It is that important.

Here's Why Patents Are Innovation's Worst Enemy

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The framers of the U.S. Constitution were not wrong. Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technological advances happened over decades or centuries. In today's era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back.

Solidifying a Gold Standard TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

The next round of TPP negotiations begin in Hawaii on Monday and it is highly probable that this meeting could be one of the last before the pact is finalized. As we reach the potential end point, effective IP protections cannot be overlooked.

It's Time to Support Software Industry Priorities

Victoria Espinel | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Espinel

The global software industry -- exemplified by the unparalleled success of American-born innovation -- is changing the way we live.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | 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.