Protecting Trade Secrets – Congress and the President Agree

Protecting Trade Secrets – Congress and the President Agree By Chuck Baxter May 2016 Bipartisan consensus in Washington? Yes, it happens, when U.S. companies need help protecting their confidential information! In a rare show of unity Congress and the President passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), creating a private civil remedy in[…]


Who will pay for the losses if confidential business information is lost or stolen?

By Maureen Veterano Many businesses require access to client or customer confidential information in the normal course of providing goods and services- the food manufacturer needs the secret recipe to make the dessert; the computer consultant needs the customer list to produce the data base; the architects or engineers need the details of the project[…]


The Pharmaceutical Industry- Another Unintended Consequence of Patent Reform

February 23, 2016 By: Maureen Veterano The pharmaceutical industry is one of many groups (and individuals) that does not like the current patent laws. However, they have come up with a unique approach to getting around the provisions that negatively affect their business. Instead of spending money lobbying for patent reform, they are asking Congress[…]


Celebration of Constitution Day reminds us of the origins of patent protection and how our system has evolved

February 11, 2016 By: Maureen Veterano It is an often overlooked holiday, but an important one. Constitution Day (it’s September 17th – and this year is the 228th anniversary of the Constitution’s birthday) celebrates the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution and honors the founding fathers and the document they created. It’s also a[…]


Bullish on Patents

January 21, 2016 By: Chuck Baxter Don’t count out patents. Congress has considered as multiple new patent reform bills, but authorities and commentators are warning to not throw out the baby with the bath water. Tangible IP CEO Louis Carbonneau asks “Are Patents Getting Their Mojo Back?” and cites the forces pushing back on the[…]


Guaranteed! Collateralizing patents takes the place of bricks and mortar or inventory to protect capital.

January 7, 2016 By: Pat Guenthner Inventors at early stage companies are interested in protecting their livelihood and their technology. In doing so, they have to make strategic decisions about how to get the capital needed to grow rapidly the market and respond to increasing demand. There are two traditional alternatives for acquiring capital for[…]


Study Illustrates “Almost All Litigation in the Automotive Sector is NPE-Based.”

Non-practicing entities (“NPEs”), often referred to as “patent trolls,” are companies that derive most of their      revenue from patent licensing, rather than from operations. A developing frontier for patent troll activity is the Automotive Industry. The anti-troll coalition, Unified Patents, released a report that illustrates that NPEs have brought almost all recent patent litigation involving[…]