The Relative Merits of Patents and Trade Secrets to Protect Inventions

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Businesses that create a lot of intellectual propertycan face uncertainty about how to best protect their inventions from misappropriation bycompetitors. On the one hand the patent system provides a path to obtaining meaningful if constrained protections that competitors cannot ignore. On the other hand, choosing to treat an invention as a trade secret offers a…

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Defending Patents with Notice Letters

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Defending a patent against infringement requires diligence and care. Keeping tabs on the marketplace for infringement can itself be a time-consuming and difficult effort, especially when a patented invention is hard to detect without extensive analysis. Once an infringement is identified, the patent owner should move quicklyto put a stop to it. In manycases a…

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Strategies for Developing a Strong Trademark

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A trademark is much more than a symbolic representation of a business. It is imbued with the value a business invests in nurturing and promoting its brand. Each customer that learns to associate a trademark with a business’s work further enhances the mark’s worth. Businesses should treat their trademarks like any other valuable asset. Among…

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