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March 2019 Archives

Why might you lose your right to a patent?

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Office must use the same standards of patentability in the examination of every claim regardless of whether it involves an artwork that is "newly developed," "complex," "competitive" or "crowded." Standards typically include patent eligible, nonobvious, useful, novel and enabled. That said, just because a claim recounts, in detail, all the features of an invention does not mean the Office will allow the claim. It also does not mean the Office will allow a person to keep a patent if it already granted one. If you lost your right to a patent in California, there may be several reasons why. Below are just a few of them.

How can I identify a phishing email?

According to Webroot, a phishing attack involves sending a seemingly legitimate email that directs the recipient to visit a fraudulent link for the purpose of stealing information. This can include things like credit card numbers, banking information, and account passwords, and many companies and their employees are subject to surprisingly effective phishing scams to collect sensitive data. Being able to identify a phishing email is the first step towards protecting your business from cybercrime.

IP battle between tech giants continues

Companies in California who need to guard their intellectual property can often learn a lot about this topic by watching the activities of other businesses. For the past couple of years now, two technology giants headquartered in the state have been at odds with each other over alleged intellectual property infringements

Understanding the “fair use” doctrine

As a California resident who has the rights to a certain copyrighted work, you may have obtained the copyright in an attempt to prevent others from using your work without your explicit permission. If someone does decide to reference or otherwise use your copyrighted work without first securing permission, whether he or she is behaving unlawfully in doing so depends on whether the action constituted “fair use.” At Peterson Watts Law Group, LLP, we understand that the fair use doctrine allows people to reference your work in limited circumstances, and we have helped many people determine whether someone’s use of their copyrighted work fell within these fair use parameters.

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