Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Brand Protection: Looking Beyond Trademarks to A Broader Arsenal of Intellectual Property Tools

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Manufacturers may assume that protection of their brands can only be achieved through trademark protection of names, logos, and slogans. In fact, a broad arsenal of intellectual property tools is available to ensure that third parties do not infringe a manufacturer’s rights in its brand and products.  This article discusses some of the tools under … Continue reading this entry

When a Promise Isn’t Enough – Crafting Proper Employee Patent Assignments

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Manufacturers have an inherent interest in owning the intellectual property rights created by their employees in the course of performing their jobs.  Employees are the engine that drives a manufacturer’s innovations, but employees’ potentially patentable innovations only become the employer’s intellectual property if the proper patent assignment language is used.  All employees that may develop … Continue reading this entry

Re-Thinking Supply Chain Contracts in the World of Connected Things

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As the pace of innovation increases at an ever faster rate, many products that traditionally may not have been thought of as involving computers or software are incorporating these elements.  In 2007, the iPhone revolutionized the public’s conceptions about what a phone should be.  Ever since, there has been a growing trend toward increasing connectivity … Continue reading this entry

You’ve Gotta Keep ‘Em Separated

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The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands provides a path to copyrightability for pictorial or graphical elements of clothing designs and useful articles. Laura Ganoza and Julie McGinnis of Foley & Lardner explain. The US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Star Athletica v Varsity Brands in March. In an effort … Continue reading this entry

Impact of Brexit for Intellectual Property Rights

A British vote to leave the European Union (EU)—the Brexit referendum issue scheduled for a vote on June 23, 2016 — would have a significant effect on intellectual property right-holders, such as manufacturers doing business in Europe, as IP rights are governed by numerous EU regulations. Bearing in mind the intricate economic relationship between the … Continue reading this entry