Losing the Secrecy of a Trade Secret

A trade secret is proprietary information about a product or business that should be protected and concealed from the general public, so that its concept is not made available for others to use for their own profit. If too much information is disclosed to the public, there is a risk of abandonment of the trade Read more about Losing the Secrecy of a Trade Secret[…]

Trade Dress: A Product’s Total Image and Overall Appearance

Even though most people associate trademarks with brand names (e.g., “Kodak”), trademarks also include trade dress, service marks, certification marks, and collective marks.  This article will focus on various aspects related to trade dress.   Trade Dress Basics Originally, courts considered the term “trade dress” to encompass only a product’s packaging.  Over the years, however, Read more about Trade Dress: A Product’s Total Image and Overall Appearance[…]

Differences Between Music Composition & Sound Recording

Do you write and record music?  If so, you should know the difference between the rights you have in the music itself and the rights you may have in the sound recording of your music. The copyright protection provided by the U.S. Congress protects both underlying music compositions and sound recordings of the music.  These Read more about Differences Between Music Composition & Sound Recording[…]

Disclosure of Confidential Information by a Former Employee

It has been brought to my attention that there is a large amount of confusion regarding Copyrights and Works for Hire Agreements. Copyright law protects original works of authorship and grants “authors” of such works the exclusive rights of reproduction, distribution, performance and display. The author of a work is generally defined as the person who actually created Read more about Disclosure of Confidential Information by a Former Employee[…]

Foreign Patent Applications and the Patent Cooperation Treaty

After recently providing a presentation to the local bar association on PCT, I thought it might be helpful to provide some informaiton on International Filing in this edition of the IP News. I also must thank Lisa for her help and patience in preparing the presentation. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) of 1970 was created Read more about Foreign Patent Applications and the Patent Cooperation Treaty[…]