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How to stop employee theft

We’ve all heard stories about employees stealing products, supplies and even money from their employers.  But one of the biggest issues facing today’s employer is the theft of what is sometimes considered soft assets – the client list, trade secrets, intellectual property or proprietary data. We briefly went over this topic in another article you […]

WM Attorneys Support The Scott Center For Autism Treatment

The attorneys of Widerman Malek, PL attended the Evening of Hope VI this past weekend to support The Scott Center For Autism Treatment. The event is in its sixth year, and the support of our community for The Scott Center has never been stronger.  The Scott Center specializes in working with children with autism and […]

IP Security Policy: Following Through

Written by Bill Harding As related in earlier blog articles, a “living” intellectual property (IP) security policy involves more than just pre-hire actions and new hire orientation.  IP security policy procedures must be visible and active in the ongoing work routines of management and employees.  If an employer cannot demonstrate reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy, the business’s […]

IP Security Policy: Post-Hire

Written by Bill Harding Part of living an intellectual property (IP) security policy is institutionalizing a corporate culture that values and respects IP rights.  Indoctrination of employees into such a culture can begin during the pre-hire process, and necessarily continues during new hire orientation.

IP Security Policy: Pre-Hire

Written by Bill Harding Topics related to intellectual property routinely are neglected in daily business planning and operations (which is surprising given that intellectual property is by far the main value driver in most businesses).  Take, for example, the hiring process.  Businesses put a lot of time and effort into identifying employment candidates, planning and conducting candidate interviews, […]

Patent: A Tool, Not A Business

By: Bill Harding A patent in the United States grants an inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the claimed invention in this country.  Such a right to exclude competitors can be a useful business tool.  But too many inventors, in my opinion, delay the birthing of […]

Should I Seek A Foreign Patent: Invention Factors

By: Bill Harding As mentioned in an earlier blog, many businesses are unaware of the need and/or are unfamiliar with the procedures to extend patent rights outside the United States.  This article describes some factors characteristic of the invention itself that one may consider when making the important decision to file for patent protection in foreign […]

How Do You Protect a Trade Secret?

Everyone knows the best way to protect valuables from thieves is to simply lock valuables in a safe or deposit the valuables in the banks.  This is assuming your valuables are tangible items.  What if the valuable is non-tangible?  How then is one supposed to secure it from being stolen? Non-tangible valuables like company trade […]

You Never Forget Your First Time …

By: Bill Harding Relax.  It’s not that kind of post. Today I am christening a new TacticalIP blog category:  Intellectual Asset Management (IAM).  To introduce some terminology used in the field, I thought I would share the story of my initiation to the world of IAM. Long before I became a patent attorney, I was […]

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