Topic: Intellectual Property

Living the Startup Life? Read These Legal Advisories

Starting a business takes more than hard work and a good idea. You need to be able to run a business, get financing, pay your taxes, protect your intellectual property, and more. For entrepreneurs and small business owners living the startup life, here’s a roundup of recent advisories covering the diverse legal considerations that come… Read more »

Is That Legal?: Pinning Hopes on Pinterest? Make Sure You Aren’t Breaking the Law…

law-news: Pinterest, the online “pinboard” for sharing photos, videos, and other images, is the latest rage in the social media world, but are users violating copyright laws when they “pin” to their own boards? Can you use the site without breaking the law?Although there seem to be more questions than…… Read more »

5 Legal Matters That Can Make or Break a Small Business

When you’re running a business, making mistakes is a fact of life. But making legal mistakes – especially when they are avoidable – can mean the difference between the success and failure of your company. For your reference, a look at five legal areas that could break your business: 1.Contracts… “What’s in the small print… Read more »

New Jersey Trade Secret Act Passed; Awaits Governor’s Signature

On December 5, 2011, the New Jersey Assembly sent the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act, the state’s own version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, to Governor Chris Christie for signature. Written to codify a long history of well-developed case law, the Act provides statutory remedies and procedural guidance for the misappropriation of trade secrets.… Read more »

XXX Domains: It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Red Light Goes Out…

The general availability period for obtaining an .XXX domain is here. That means that anyone—a person, company or organization, whether or not they’re part of the adult entertainment industry—can apply for an .XXX domain name. If you haven’t blocked YourCompanyName.XXX, there’s still time to do it. That’s the good news. The bad? .XXX domains will… Read more »

IP Law: Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

“Business law is based on common sense. You can buy or sell breakfast, a toaster or car repair without a lawyer. Intellectual Property is different. Common sense does not always apply to IP. This is dangerous because IP is often a valuable competitive advantage, e.g., McDonald’s trademarked name and golden arches, Coca-Cola’s secret formula, Microsoft’s… Read more »

Patent Reform: 5 Ways You Can Expect Patent Litigation to Change

“The signing into law of the [America Invents] Act marks a new era of patent litigation. The Act presents a host of opportunities for companies, especially those defending patent infringement actions, provided they act quickly – given that several of the provisions have immediate prospective and in some cases even retroactive effect.” (From Patent Reform… Read more »

Trade Secrets: Are You Covering Your Ass(ets)?

“Customer lists, manufacturing and marketing plans, financial information, manufacturing techniques and product designs, can all be protectable… These are examples of typical business information that may give a business an advantage over competitors who do not have the information. General knowledge and skill of a worker can be transportable to a new job.” (From A… Read more »

IP Law & Business: Legal Reading List – Feb 2011

For your reference, here’s a reading list of legal updates covering IP Law and Business matters, recently published on JD Supra: – Trademark Owners Beware…Of Unofficial Trademark Registers and Domain Name Solicitations from China and Hong Kong by Mintz Levin: “Entry of your trademark information into the ‘registers’ of these ‘wannabe’ trademark registration companies has… Read more »

3 Questions Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Ask (During Business Formation)

Who’s in charge? How are we going to finance this? How can we protect our intellectual property? Three fundamental questions every entrepreneur should ask during business formation. And, according to the lawyers who hold forth below on the answers: it’s not just a matter asking questions. You’ll need to follow through on answers, act on… Read more »

Okay For Employees to Steal Trade Secrets? Apparently Yes, Sometimes It Is

Here’s an interesting employment update from law firm Fisher & Phillips to do with a case (Joyce Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation) in which the New Jersey Supreme Court “addressed the question of whether an employee may take confidential documents from his or her employer for the purpose of helping in the prosecution of a discrimination… Read more »

Protecting Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Here’s what lawyers and law firms on JD Supra are writing to help business owners and entrepreneurs make sense of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. A legal reading list on protecting your company’s intellectual property: – Protect your Intellectual Property – People, Processes & Products (by Bambi Faivre Walters, PC): A brief overview: “The term ‘intellectual… Read more »