Brilliant ideas are the heart of business innovation in Denver and around world. New technologies are created, new songs are released, books are published and it seems there is always someone or some company out there trying to capitalize on someone else's great idea. Just look at the number of patent infringement lawsuits surrounding cellphone technology, software and Internet technologies and anyone can see that infringing on the intellectual property of another can be both costly as well as profitable for those who attempt it.
In what might be a "David vs. Goliath" case, Alabama Aircraft, which performed maintenance on the Boeing KC-135 planes for decades, is suing the world's largest manufacturer of commercial planes claiming Boeing stole its proprietary data. The complaint states that it was their proprietary data that helped the Boeing Company secure $1.3 billion in Air Force maintenance contracts for the KC-135 planes. Boeing Company has facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Urban Outfitters, an international clothing and accessories retailer is accused of trademark infringement in a recent lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation. The suit claims that the retailer is using the Navajo name in their products without permission. The tribe alleges the retailer's use of their name confuses and deceives consumers into thinking there is an association between the Navajo Nation and the retailer's products and brand. And that use of the name and trademark unfairly trades off the fame, reputation and goodwill of the Navajo Nation.
In the wake of the national debate over SOPA and PIPA and the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, a lot of attention is being paid to issues surrounding intellectual property.