Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Lamm Bachman Wins in Closely-Held Shareholder Dispute

It was a case of modern-day piracy, in which a minority investor attempted to steal credit for patented technology and take control of a company.  However, Foley & Mansfield Minneapolis partner Lisa Lamm Bachman, assisted by attorney Tessa Mansfield, successfully … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Software: Patent and Copyright Protection

Software has a split personality in the sense that it can be protected both as a creative work of authorship under copyright law and as a patent protectable invention under our patent laws. The basic difference between these two statutory … Continue reading

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Is There a Silver Lining to Patent Trolls? – Casting light on Needed Reforms

Hopefully, the current glut of patent infringement litigation initiated by so-called “Patent Trolls” will result in reforms to our patent system starting from the way in which patents are examined through the way they are litigated. Patent Trolls, a/k/a Non-Practicing … Continue reading

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Number of Top Level Web Domains to Expand – Are Your Trademarks Protected?

Currently, we all navigate to a website by typing a second level domain name (SLDN), e.g. “microsoft”, “amazon”, or “ebay” followed by one of a relatively small handful of top level domains (TLD’s), such as, “.com”, “.gov”, or “.biz”.  However, … Continue reading

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US Patents – From First to Invent to First to File: What is Prior Art?

When a patent application is filed with United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO) it is assigned to an examiner, who determines if the invention it describes is worthy of receiving patent protection.  Primarily, the examiner decides whether or not … Continue reading

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US Patent Law – From First to Invent to First to File

On March 16, 2013 US patent law will undergo significant changes, as it moves from a first to invent to a first to file system.  This change will harmonize American patent laws more closely with those of the rest of … Continue reading

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