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Intellectual Property

The Most Inspiring Thing to Happen in Business in Years

Derek Handley | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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?

Patent Reform Movement Shines a Light on Economic Development Opportunities

Kristal High | Posted 05.28.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Intellectual property is the most valuable currency of the information age, and like any vital resource, it merits protection from misuse. The practices of trolling, in all its forms, to generate revenue from lawsuits without merit, stand to stifle continued growth and economic opportunity in the digital age.

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...

Free Trade Deal May Undermine The Internet, Environment And Public Health All At Once

Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is b...

"LogoGate": The Identical Logo Fiasco

Alona Elkayam | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Alona Elkayam

Two companies in industries that overlap, Mutual Mobile and SquareSpace, have identical logos. This is worse than Emma Stone's 2012 Oscar dress that Nicole Kidman wore five years earlier.

Consumer Costs of Patent Trolls

Steve Pociask | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Steve Pociask

The business of patent trolls prospers because even the most frivolous of suits are usually cheaper to settle than the high costs of a lengthy court battle.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

Michelle Wein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Wein

It is important to note that the differences are much more nuanced than many of the alarmists would lead you to believe -- each country is trying to get the agreement to align best with its existing policies.