Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools

Comments Off on Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools Written by on May 3, 2016 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, IP Legislation, Trade Secret Legislation

When Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act last week, legislators significantly expanded the tools available to Silicon Valley companies for addressing acts of trade secret misappropriation.  Previously, trade secrets law had been largely a matter of state law, and U.S. companies seeking to file a claim for trade secrets misappropriation had been limited to […]

Supreme Court Rules Patent Invalidity is Not a Defense to Induced Patent Infringement Claim in Commil USA Case Against Cisco Systems

Comments Off on Supreme Court Rules Patent Invalidity is Not a Defense to Induced Patent Infringement Claim in Commil USA Case Against Cisco Systems Written by on May 26, 2015 | Posted in Patent Cases of Interest, Patent Infringement Litigation

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Taking Time to “Date” Before Pursuing an IP Acquisition “Marriage”

Comments Off on Taking Time to “Date” Before Pursuing an IP Acquisition “Marriage” Written by on May 22, 2015 | Posted in IP Licensing Deals, IP Transactions

Lately many of my technology clients have been negotiating deals involving the purchase or sale intellectual property, so this Forbes story on choosing the right acquisition partner caught my attention. The author carried an interesting analogy about dating through the piece, and listed a number of considerations that a business should have before pursuing either […]

Lessons for Silicon Valley Companies in Apple Trademark Dispute

Comments Off on Lessons for Silicon Valley Companies in Apple Trademark Dispute Written by on February 16, 2012 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation, Trademark Filings, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation

In case you have not been following the story, Apple has found itself in the middle of a trademark dispute in China over the use of its mark “iPad,” as MSNBC reported on its website yesterday. You might wonder how in the world this happened, given Apple’s large, IP savvy legal department and the fact […]

What does Patent Reform mean for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs?

Comments Off on What does Patent Reform mean for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs? Written by on September 25, 2011 | Posted in patent legislation

The recent passage of the long-awaited Patent Reform bill was heralded by many around the country as great accomplishment; however, the bill was not without controversy, particularly in the Silicon Valley, where many who work with start-ups and tech companies expressed concern about the new legislation. In my recent blog posting on the California Biotech […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Bilski Case: Decision to Have Broad Implications for Silicon Valley Companies

Comments Off on Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Bilski Case: Decision to Have Broad Implications for Silicon Valley Companies Written by on June 5, 2009 | Posted in Patent Cases of Interest

The Supreme Court agreed this week to hear the Bilski Case. Given the issues at the heart of Bilski, this case will be closely watched by the Silicon Valley business community, since any decision could have a far-reaching impact on the patentability of intellectual property developed by Silicon Valley businesses. What are the issues to […]

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