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November 2019 Archives

Did BMW violate patent law with regard to its hybrid engine?

When a Sacramento inventor wants to market an invention, it may become necessary to share certain details with prospective customers or clients. During these meetings, those individuals may decide to circumvent patent law by not obtaining the proper licensing to use the invention. This issue is at the heart of a recent lawsuit filed by Paice LLC and its investor, The Abell Foundation Inc., against BMW.

Protecting trade secrets may require going to court

Keeping proprietary information within the company can present a challenge to Sacramento business owners. Every time an employee leaves, whether voluntarily or otherwise, steps need to be taken in order to make sure that no trade secrets leave with him or her. If an employer discovers that someone did leave the company with one or more trade secrets, it may be necessary to take steps to retrieve the information and protect it. Phillips 66 had to do just that when it turned in to the FBI a former employee who ultimately admitted to taking at least one trade secret upon his resignation.

Patent law claim leads to verdict in favor of USAA

Protecting intellectual property can feel like a full time job for companies here in California and elsewhere. For those with patents for a product that draws in customers and makes a company's services or products desirable, remaining vigilant and looking for those violating their rights under patent law can lead to litigation. For instance, the United Services Automobile Association filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, alleging it infringed upon USAA's patents for mobile deposit technology.

Using the internet could result in copyright infringement claims

When hearing about copyright infringement claims, it is only natural for individuals here in California to think of companies and celebrities facing these issues right along with many others across the country. In reality, anyone can become the target of such a claim. Simply using the internet creates that risk.

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