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Intellectual Property Archives

Controversial patent review program upheld by appellate court

As we have discussed in past posts on our blog, patents are granted to inventors by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a way of preventing others from making, selling or using an invention for a certain amount of time.

Three common legal mistakes business owners make

If you are a small business owner, you probably have your hands full just keeping your company going on a day-to-day basis. Chances are that don’t have time to worry about intellectual property law, tax law, employment law or the other legal issues that may affect your company.

How to bolster your business’ intangible value

A business valuation is an important step for any business owner who is thinking about selling, bringing on new partners, finding investors or applying for a loan. But the process measures more than just the business’ worth. It also considers intangible assets that add value to the business such as goodwill or brand recognition.

What's the difference between a patent, copyright and trademark?

Chances are that you have heard the terms "patent," "copyright" and "trademark" thrown around, but you might not understand what each one means and how they are different. Each one can offer protection to small businesses but they are used for different reasons.

Are patents needed to protect marijuana strands?

Intellectual property is an area of law that is based on legally-recognized exclusive rights to things that were invented or created. The rights are recognized by patents, copyright and trademarks, which allow creators to benefit from the use of their creations.

Attempts to control the bitcoin industry through patent filings?

There has been much written in recent months concerning the problems that bitcoin pose concerning business and financing. However, we may not even be aware of behind the scenes moves of certain technological giants who have sought control of the bitcoin industry through the filing of patents.

MS medication center of patent protection dispute

A patent protection dispute has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court concerning a drug popularly used to treat multiple sclerosis. One teacher at the Colorado School of Medicine has stated that Copaxone or Glatiramer acetate was approved by the FDA in 1996 and has long been used as part of an MS therapy. It also has remained an extremely profitable medication for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, a company that has a patent on Copaxone.

Intellectual property dispute results in $28.5 million verdict

SanDisk Corporation was awarded $28.5 million in damages from PNY Technologies over an alleged breach in a license agreement.  PNY was said to owe SanDisk the appropriate amount owed concerning the right to license SanDisk's intellectual property.

Protecting intellectual property in Colorado

Entrepreneurs may not believe that they have anything worth protecting when they start a new business venture. However, even items such as the name of the company or the name of its product might need protection. This is because the name of the company and its products are often used as the cornerstone of its brand.

Protection of intellectual property at center of Apple litigation

Computer and electronic device manufacturers in Denver, Colorado, and elsewhere are keeping an eye on a federal courthouse on the West Coast. The courthouse is the site of a patent infringement claim by a Colorado company against Apple that could have far-reaching international business law implications. The focus of the litigation is the technology behind Apple's Siri feature on its iPhone and other devices. The lawsuit includes claims against manufacturers of products that employ the Siri and Google Voice Search features.

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