Tag Archives: IP

Trademarks, Bankruptcy, and Leverage: What Manufacturers and Other Trademark License Parties Should Know About A Potential Landmark Case Before the Supreme Court

On February 20, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Mission Products, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC.  The case has important implications for manufacturers and other parties to trademark licenses when a trademark licensor files, or threatens to file, bankruptcy.  Lower courts including the First Circuit found that, in the event … Continue reading this entry

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

Automotive Industry Forum Preview: As the Auto Industry Transforms, It Grapples with Issues of Cybersecurity, IP & Connectivity

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By guest author Gregg Wirth of the Legal Executive Institute. The American automotive industry in no longer making your father’s Oldsmobile — not by a long shot. Today, pushed by evolving consumer behaviors, transformative technologies, and global market pressures, the automobile industry has entered a new industrial revolution where ingenuity and opportunity coalesce, and the tools of … 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

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