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How the Defend Trade Secrets Act Impacts your IP Strategy

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) of 2016 was signed into law on May 11th, adding national and international protection for trade secrets to the already-existing state-level laws, which are allowed to remain in place according to the new federal statute. The DTSA taken together with the AIA’s prior use protections, provides 2-part protection, which may allow a company to continue to use its trade secreted inventions even if another entity subsequently patents the invention. This new paradigm is a game-changer for IP strategy - especially for defense, as it adds another route for IP protection outside the usual "race to the patent office".

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POSTED BY Bill Petrow and Jeff Goodwin AT 12:51 P.M. May 13, 2016

TAGS: America Invents Act (AIA) | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Bill Petrow | Jeff Goodwin




Alice is market-affecting and could impact your market advantage in a few short years

The recent decision in the Alice v. CLS Bank case (Alice) has had a profound impact on patent litigation and prosecution, but what impact has it had on IP strategies? Many of our clients are wondering how this legal decision impacts them strategically.

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POSTED BY Justin Kunz and Jeff Goodwin AT 2:45 P.M. Apr 23, 2015

TAGS: Regulation and Legislation | Strategy | Justin Kunz | Jeff Goodwin




Run - Don't Walk: First-Inventor-to-File is Here

Final implementation of the AIA has changed the race track substantially. Companies will have to adjust in order to win the new race to the patent office. ipCG’s cutting-edge ipAIASM services are designed to let our clients dramatically shorten the time between conceiving an invention and filing the patent application. A client company will run—not walk—to the patent office.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Chris Huffines AT 1:45 P.M. Mar 8, 2013

TAGS: America Invents Act (AIA) | Bruce Story | Chris Huffines | Regulation and Legislation | Strategy




The IP Protection Challenges of 3D Printing

3D printing is one emerging technology field with the potential to create significant—perhaps even extreme—practical and legal consequences.  Innovators and manufacturers need to be ready to use all the protections offered by the different forms of intellectual property to protect their assets and businesses.

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POSTED BY Chris Huffines AT 5:05 P.M. Aug 15, 2012

TAGS: Chris Huffines | Creativity | Disruption | Regulation and Legislation




Business Interests are Finally a Focus at the USPTO!

The newly published USPTO 2010-2015 Strategic Plan is the first strategic document from the USPTO that demonstrates that someone who has used IP as a global business asset is in charge! No wonder, as the new Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, comes with 20 years of experience managing IP at IBM.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 2:57 P.M. JULY 14, 2010

TAGS: Bruce Story | Regulation and Legislation




Recent Uproar around False Patent Marking

False patent marking has become a hot topic recently as case law around patent marking on products and recent legal developments have created a lucrative opportunity with very low barriers to entry. More than 100 cases have been filed so far in 2010 and new cases are being filed daily. ipCG has some suggestions on how your company might respond.

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POSTED BY Kate Shore and Sarju Bharucha AT 10:15 A.M. APRIL 2, 2010

TAGS: Kate Shore | Regulation and Legislation | Sarju Bharucha | Strategy




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