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Posts tagged "Intellectual Property Litigation"

The dangers of letting prescription drug patents expire

California prescription drug companies have to protect their drug inventions from competitors in order to be able to make a profit from them. There are two main protections available: patents and exclusivity. However, expired patents or exclusivity rights can lead to many legal issues and fights over ownership, making it important for a company to stay current on what protection is available and keeping that protection valid, if possible.

Understanding trademark dilution under California law

Dilution is when the value of something is decreased. So, trademark dilution is when one company infringes upon a trademark and it leads to consumer confusion and a decrease in the value of the trademark. California has specifically addressed trademark dilution in the state’s Business and Professions Code.

Intellectual property 101: What is it and what does it do?

When you hear the term intellectual property, you may think of various patents and copyrights used by both small companies and large corporations in California. However, the term intellectual property encompasses a number of ideas that are ultimately protected under certain laws. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, any idea or creation that comes from a person’s mind can be considered intellectual property. This includes trademarks, designs, symbols, inventions, art, literary works and even names and images.

How a patent infringement can occur

Inventions happen all the time, opening new paths for businesses in Sacramento to achieve their goals, streamline their processes and improve their own goods or services. However, using technology or items that belong to another company or person could expose businesses to litigation involving patent infringement.

Protecting your intellectual property with a copyright

If you have created a literary, artistic, musical or dramatic work, you likely poured all of yourself into it. At the law firm of Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, we know that you will want to get credit for your work and ensure your creation is only used as you see fit. Perhaps the most effective method for you, and others in California, to protect this type of intellectual property is to obtain a copyright. In this post, we will discuss what a copyright is and how you may use it to protect your work.

Prince's death will lead to intellectual property matters

Several weeks have passed since Prince died and ignited a media frenzy with his untimely passing. Beyond the fact that he was a beloved musician and popular culture figure, his passing has led to much conversation because of his lack of estate planning.

Protecting trade secrets is vital to a company’s success

In today’s world, there is a vast amount of competition, regardless of the industry that a company in Sacramento happens to be in. As such, it is important for companies of all sizes to take the proper measures to protect their trade secrets and there are several things they can do.

Creating a strong company trademark

When starting a company, it can be exciting and challenging to create a business trademark. A trademark is a logo, jingle, catchphrase or other feature that sets a Sacramento company apart from others. Trademarks are possibly the first thing that a customer identifies with a certain brand. For example, fans of a particular soft drink will immediately recognize their favorite brand’s logo and catchphrase.

What is patent infringement and how do I know if I’m a victim?

If you have a patent, you should be aware of what constitutes infringement of your patent and how to identify its occurrence. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, patent infringement may happen when someone makes, sells, uses or offers to sell a patented invention without the permission of the true patent owner. Additionally, patent infringement can also take place if a product or production method that is covered by a patent is imported into the U.S., again without permission of the owner of the patent. This means that you can be the victim of infringement for a long period of time without being aware there is even a problem.

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