intellectual property

On-line Privacy: The FTC Snuffs Out A “History Sniffer”

January 9, 2013
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Most people seem to know that on-line browsing does not occur in a vacuum.  As we browse the Web the sites we visit send “cookies” to our browsers that allow those sites to recognize us and keep track of our activity on them.  At the same time, advertising websites send “third-party” cookies to us that [...]

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Invalidating Expired Patents During Reexamination—Not A Sure Thing

July 13, 2012
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Your patent expired earlier this year.  Then, just last week, you found a product that looked eerily similar to the device covered by your patent, and a little checking on the Wayback Machine indicates that this product has been sold for several years.  Fortunately, even though your patent is expired, it’s still enforceable against sales [...]

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Protecting Your Company When High-Level Employees Depart

April 1, 2012
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I have previously written about how courts will ask, when presented with a claim of trade secret misappropriation, whether the trade secret owner took reasonable steps to maintain the confidentiality of its information (see here and here).  One of the most important ways to protect your information – and to later improve the chances of [...]

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