Intellectual Property Protection in the Food System: Don’t Forget the NDA

The article in our Winter issue titled, “Have You Copyrighted Your Trademarks?” addressed trademark and copyright protections for brands in the food system. We thus know that with a bit of effort, there is a lot of protection available from brand protection. But how does one protect the contents of the proverbial secret sauce or…

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Challenging The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

On July 21, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (the “EFF”), a nonprofit who advocates access to technologies through civil liberties, filed a lawsuit that could change the way copyrights are managed in the United States and effectively abroad. What is Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act? The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) was…

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Supreme Court Changes Lower Court Ruling on Patent Law

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changes lower court case law that made it difficult for patent holders to get punitive damages against infringers. Now that the lower court’s opinion has been overturned, it should be easier for patent holders to enforce their patents and put infringers on notice. In a typical patent…

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License Agreements

For many businesses, one of the most valuable assets is intellectual property. As a result of its value, protecting that property is a major concern for business owners. But, allowing limited use of intellectual property can also be important for the growth of a business. In order to allow this use while still retaining protection…

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