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Intellectual property assets: More than money matters

Hopefully by now, Naples readers understand the value of intellectual property assets. But patents, trademarks and copyrights matter more than just economically. We have found two recent stories that do an excellent job of illustrating why it is important to respect a company’s intellectual property and what happens if other businesses disregard those legal […]

By |May 22nd, 2013|General|0 Comments|

FBI gets serious about state-sponsored trade secret theft

If you’re under the impression that intellectual property is a rather…dry area, the FBI’s most recent public-relations initiative might change your mind.

The FBI believes that state-sponsored theft of trade secrets from American companies has gotten so out of control that it has become a national security concern; when jobs are as scarce as they […]

By |May 18th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Maker’s Marks swats tequila maker over trademark-infringing wax seal

When you see a bottle of liquor with a bright red wax seal on it, what is the first phrase that comes into your head?

Beam Inc. hopes that most Florida residents would respond, “Maker’s Mark,” because since its establishment in 1958, the company has invested serious money in marketing its Marker’s Mark bourbon chiefly […]

By |May 11th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Famous authors have different opinions on fan fiction and copyrights

Having flocks of devoted readers is probably one of the greatest compliments an author could ever hope to receive. After all, there is no better proof that people love an author’s work than if millions of them buy it and read it.

But what if these hordes of enthusiastic readers take an author’s characters and […]

By |May 5th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Patent office seeking comments regarding extra secrecy for certain applications

National security is a priority that has waxed and waned throughout time. When our country is at war, for example, we are willing to make concessions in the name of national security. But during peacetime, we view it as less of a priority.

Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would seek […]

By |April 26th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Lawsuit asks whether recipes can be considered a trade secret

Update: For an interesting perspective on intellectual property as it applies to recipes, check out this story. It originates in Singapore, so the laws naturally are not the same as in the U.S., but the philosophies at work are probably similar.

It has been awhile since we have brought Naples readers a story about trade […]

By |April 20th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

AOL sells patent portfolio to Microsoft for $1.1 billion

South Florida readers may remember that a month or two ago, we wrote about how the struggling Eastman Kodak Co. was trying to sell off its patent portfolio to raise some much-needed cash. That may be a move that will become more common thanks to two factors: first, companies continue to struggle in our […]

By |April 10th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

It’s Chick-fil-A v. Kale in trademark tussle

For what was intended to be a lighthearted and humorous campaign, Chik-fil-A’s “Eat mor chikin” slogan is stirring up quite a bit of trouble.

Naples residents might have seen the advertisements for the chicken-centric fast food joint. Usually, they depict cows or pigs writing the slogan “eat mor chikin,” with the joke being that they […]

By |April 5th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

‘Trademark squatting’: The bane of U.S. intellectual property holders

In a recent post, we told south Florida readers about how Yahoo had been accused of “weaponizing” patents. Weaponizing is not the only controversial trend developing in intellectual property today. Another such trend is what is being called “trademark squatting.”

Trademark squatting refers to the practice by which foreign companies register the names, slogans and […]

By |March 30th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida biotechnology firm wins important patent

Biotechnology is big business here in Florida. The Sunshine State is home to many firms that are making significant and noteworthy progress against some of the most debilitating diseases known to science.

Biotechnology firms want to make sure they benefit economically from their research and development, so naturally they seek to patent their breakthroughs. If […]

By |March 29th, 2013|General|0 Comments|