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A Message from the President (access required)

I am both excited and honored to serve as the first president of the Pauline Newman IP American Inn of Court. The Inn is named after the Honorable Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ...

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To disclose or not to disclose… (access required)

At some point, your client may be motivated to want to share its confidential and proprietary information with a third party, perhaps to attract investments, facilitate collaboration, testing market acceptance and market feedback, for purposes of evaluating potential business relationships ...

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Ten questions to ask every inventor (access required)

The patent application process can be long and involved. While there is no shortcut to preparing a patent application, asking a few key questions can identify any issues early, and be used to help guide the inventor through the patent ...

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What’s in a trademark? Protecting your brand (access required)

When building a brand, a good trademark can be an invaluable asset. Trademarks are source identifiers. They let consumers know the source of the product or service they are buying and help consumers differentiate among choices. Most commonly they are ...

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Trade secrets – an alternative to patent protection (access required)

Trade secrets can be a valuable alternative to patent protection. While patents can offer strong protection, this protection only lasts a maximum of 20 years and only extends to what is covered by the claims. Moreover, everything in a patent ...

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File first, file fast and file often (access required)

For inventors, the clock is always ticking. The patent laws of the U.S. and other countries measure the patentability of an invention against prior art in the relevant technology. The prior art grows with time (including prior art that you ...

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