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IP Security Policy: Live It!

My last post stressed the importance of planning for protection of intellectual assets, and recommended businesses institute information security procedures and routine training in those procedures to limit the risk of employees inadvertently (or intentionally) disclosing business-critical information and know how to competitors.  Unfortunately, too many business leaders mistakenly believe use of a boilerplate confidentiality […]

Patent: A Tool, Not A Business

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 an invention-centric business […]

Should I Seek A Foreign Patent: Invention Factors

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 countries. Invention Factors […]

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 …

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 a software engineer […]

Software: Picking Your Protection

In the United States (and, for that matter, in most of the industrialized world), the three most common intellectual property right (IPR) protections available for software are patent, copyright, and trade secret.  Leaders of software development organizations must decide which protection (or protections) best supports the company’s business objectives, keeping in mind that different protections may be appropriate in each country in […]

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