Category: Intellectual Property

HMRC a step change in delivery and creation of digital services

HMRC a step change in delivery and creation of digital services

I recently attended HMRC’s software developer conference. At Laserform we have been talking about digital by default for a while now. We knew when the Government Digital by Default Strategy was first announced in...

What’s in your Environmental Report…

What’s in your Environmental Report…

What’s in your Environmental Reports… Are your environmental searches… ·        On average, 7 pages long? Do your environmental searches have… ·        A front page summary with all issues identified? ·        A full Law Society...

New IP Court gets its own name wrong, doesn’t notice

New IP Court gets its own name wrong, doesn’t notice

This month the Patents County Court was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.The name has been questioned as not quite making sense, and sounding like something from Star Trek. Apparently, someone at the court...

Design Patents in China: Applications, Infringement and Enforcement

Design Patents in China: Applications, Infringement and Enforcement

Design patents have been making the news. Last summer, Apple’s $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung was famously based, in part, on the finding that Samsung infringed Apple’s rounded-rectangle and edge-to-edge glass designs. Since then,...

Managing Costs of Patent Litigation

Managing Costs of Patent Litigation

For several years I was the lead attorney at a Taiwan company that manufactures technology and consumer electronic products, from light-emitting diodes to liquid-crystal displays. Every month we received a new demand for patent...

Patent v. Trade Secret: Which is better?

Patent v. Trade Secret: Which is better?

A few months ago, Taiwan’s second largest LCD panel-maker, AU Optronics (AUO), accused two of its former executives of selling AUO’s valuable manufacturing secrets to China’s second largest panel-maker, China Star Optoelectronics. AUO sued...

10 Tips for Drafting Indemnification Provisions

10 Tips for Drafting Indemnification Provisions

One encounters indemnification provisions so often in so many diverse agreements that it’s almost tempting to regard them as routine boilerplate. To do so would be a big mistake. For reference only, below is...

10 Tips for Successful Outbound Technology Licensing

10 Tips for Successful Outbound Technology Licensing

In this age of endless corporate cost-cutting, it might seem the only way to compel a company to license ones technology is through litigation or threats of litigation. After all, why would a company...

Strategic Monetization of Patents

Strategic Monetization of Patents

The value of all U.S. generated intellectual property is said to be approximately $5.5 trillion, equal to nearly 40% of the U.S. economy. From time to time that value is dramatically demonstrated, such as...

7 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Solicitor

7 Things You Should Know Before Hiring a Solicitor

1. Find a Legitimate Solicitor Solicitors are some of the most highly regulated and monitored group of trained professionals in the UK. In order to stay in practice, they are normally required to register...

Internet Trolling – Who Is Next?

Internet Trolling – Who Is Next?

  Internet trolling is no longer part of a sub-culture. Online bullying of adults and children is soon to reach an ‘epidemic’ level, because no one is around to enforce any rules. After the conviction...

The Pied Piper and Other Social Media Tales

The Pied Piper and Other Social Media Tales

Pied Piper (Noun): A charismatic person who attracts followers. (Merriam Webster English Dictionary) There was a time when the only communication with the outside world during a working day was the morning post delivery or...