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In the Fast Lane With the Patent Prosecution Highway
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

The prosecution of patent applications can be a long, slow road, often taking well more than three years before a patent application can be found allowable (assuming an allowance is able to be obtained). Because patents typically have a term of 20 years from the filing date or effective filing date of the application, this delay can reduce the term of a patent that issues from the application. Full Text


Real-World Trademark Rights for Fictional Brands
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

Common sense – and the law – often provide an easy answer. It appears obvious that Paramount Pictures Corp., for example, owns the rights to all the characters in its movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Any business would implicitly understand the need for permission from Paramount to trade on the likeness of one of the movie’s characters, such as Burgundy himself. Full Text
 


Quick Assessment Tips for Patent Review
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

Competition in the technological marketplace is fierce, with companies constantly attempting to gain competitive advantages. Companies are often left with the options of buying or licensing patent rights or run the risk of becoming obsolete. However, buying and licensing patents also has risks and can end up costing large sums of money for relatively little return. Full Text.


Western District Pilot Patent Court Attracts Attention
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

Big verdicts in patent cases mean big attention by the media, but is there a way to turn all the attention into something positive? The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is trying to do just that. Full Text


Taking on the Internet for Your Client’s Reputation
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

My cell phone rings at 6:30 on a Friday evening. It’s the CEO of a client company and she is panicked. Hysterical. It turns out she was doing some "old-fashioned" investigating by performing Google searches on herself and the company. The results are bad. Very bad. And the client is asking for my immediate assistance with damage control. Full Text


Problematic IP Provisions in Representing Consultants
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

In today’s world, companies big and small outsource everything. Not only are their call centers in ?India, but various functions that used to be handled in-house are farmed out to consultants – whether it be market research, product design and development, software implementation, employee benefit plan administration or any other service you can think of. Full Text


Intellectual Property’s Role in the Smartphone Wars
The Legal Intelligencer
April 30, 2013

The smartphone industry is a fast-evolving and fiercely competitive market. Smartphones are constantly advertising sophisticated innovations that consumers factor when making their purchase decisions. In an industry where consumer marketing is the key to success, these innovations drive sales as companies compete for customers’ loyalty. Not only can the competitive landscape change drastically, but companies can also earn a lot of revenue in a relatively short period of time. Full Text