for the Supreme Court to restore some balance to the patent system. The power of patents has eroded over the last decade, with the Supreme Court concluding that an infringer can only be enjoined from infringing in rare circumstances (Ebay v MercExchange) that pretty much any process that does not require a machine is not patentable […]

Question on a Keyboard

Dear Doc:   NuqneH! (Hello!) HIQaH! QaH! (Help!) Paramount Pictures Corporation thinks that it owns the copyright to the Klingon language. They’re trying to use that copyright to stop production of a fan film, “Prelude to Axanar” that is being developed with funding from Kickstarter. How is it possible for someone to own an entire language? jIyajbe’ (I don’t understand!) […]

Over the past several years, the question of what’s a “craft beer” and who qualifies to make a craft beer has been a front and center issue among the brewing community. It started when “Macro Brewers” began making “small” batch brews such as “Blue Moon” manufactured and sold by the “Blue Moon Brewing Company,” a […]

Trade secret owners have a powerful new remedy to protect their stolen trade secrets, one that is not generally available in civil actions. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) provides a right for the trade secret owner to ask the court for an ex parte order to seize property (18 U.S.C. § 1836). Ex parte […]

How do you, the cautious employer, protect yourself from trade secret theft?  One way is through employment agreements.  Many of the court cases involving employee theft of trade secrets include employment agreements with intellectual property terms.  We believe that courts are more likely to conclude that the actions by a former employee are or will be a […]