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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




Getting a Patent? Consider a Trade Secret.

Would a patent really be an effective way to protect your IP? Owning a patent might actually work against your interests by disseminating your proprietary information. Enter trade secrets.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story and Bill Petrow AT 1:45 P.M. Feb 4, 2015

TAGS: Bruce Story | Process | Strategy | Trade Secrets | Bill Petrow




Missing Trade Secrets?

If you are like most technology managers, you know you have trade secrets in the organization, but you don't know what they are. You know you have to protect "them" from loss, but what are "they"?

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 3:45 P.M. SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | IAM | Process | Trade Secrets




Protecting IP

The protecting phase includes the legal processes for creating a patent application, filing in the appropriate jurisdiction and prosecuting the application through to the grant of the patent.

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POSTED BY Bruce Story AT 3:30 P.M. APRIL 15, 2011

TAGS: Bruce Story | Defensive Publishing | IAM | Process | Trade Secrets




Minimize Loss of Intellectual Assets When Downsizing

Is your company planning to layoff employees in response to a tougher economic environment? Do you have a process for preventing valuable intellectual assets from walking out the door along with your exiting employees?

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POSTED BY Jed Cahill AT 2:05 P.M. JUNE 23, 2009

TAGS: IAM | Jed Cahill | Process | Trade Secrets