Category: Intellectual Property Protection

Internet Providers And Copyright Infringement: The Cox Communications Case

In August, a federal judge ruled that cable giant, Cox Communications, must pay $25 million to BMG, a music rights company. BMG utilized a company known as Rightscorp to monitor the Internet for illegal file-sharing activity and then provide a notice to Internet providers when it found evidence of any such activity. Rightscorp’s intended to [..]

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Protection of Trade Secrets in Relations with Employees

One of the most important ways you can protect your trade secrets is to have your employees sign confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements. It is important to make it clear to your employees what their obligations are with respect to protecting the company’s trade secrets and confidential information. You should confer with a local business attorney [..]

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Proper Documentation of Trade Secrets

If your company wants to protect its trade secrets, it is essential to properly document them in either paper or electronic form. This process is important because it can provide evidence that your business viewed and treated the information as secrets. Documentation shows you identified your trade secrets and treated them as proprietary and secret [..]

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How do I Identify my Company’s Trade Secrets?

Most business owners are aware that it is important to protect their company’s trade secrets, but they aren’t sure what trade secrets they actually have that need protection. Below are examples of items that could be trade secrets: Engineering information, methods or processes Computer programs Financial information Customer or vendor lists Budgets and methods used [..]

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Is your Business Protecting its Trade Secrets?

Most people associate the theft of trade secrets with large companies. However, all businesses are potential targets, regardless of their size. Trade secrets can include scientific processes, specialized recipes, formulas, customer lists, pricing methods, and any other form of valuable proprietary information that is not generally known to the public. Below are a few steps [..]

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Trademark Protection for Hashtags

Social media is not only a way for individuals to keep in-touch, it is also a way for businesses to improve their presence in the market. In fact, many companies are using social media as a means for communicating and serving their clients and customers. However, they are quickly realizing that they do not want [..]

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IP Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions

Intellectual property (IP) issues can play a significant role in mergers and acquisitions, especially with privately held companies. The seller of a privately held company has not been subjected to the scrutiny of public markets, so the acquiring party has less ability to obtain all of the IP-related data. If you are considering acquiring a [..]

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“Better Burger” Trademark Sought by Chipotle

Chipotle restaurant has been in the news in recent months due to an E. coli outbreak that affected 53 people in nine different states. In fact, the company’s Boston location was forced to temporarily close down after customers became ill from norovirus. The outbreak hit the company hard financially. In fact, ABC reports that Chipotle [..]

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