101(b) Sole Exception to Subject Matter Eligibility: A claimed invention is ineligible under subsection (a) if and only if the claimed invention as a whole, as understood by a [POSA] to which the claimed invention pertains, exists in nature independently of and prior to any human activity, or exists solely in the human mind. … [Read more...] about Intellectual Properties Owners Association Proposes Legislative Fix for s. 101.
I also agree with Rep. Lance, of Florida, who met with local businesses in his district to promote IP protections. “Strong intellectual property protections lead to innovative new discoveries that fuel economic growth,” said Rep. Lance. “Congress should be taking every measure possible to promote patents, trademarks, and copyrights in order to encourage development across a variety of industries as we move forward in the 21st century.” … [Read more...] about Strong Intellectual Property Protection Encourages Innovation, according to Congressman
Finally, it is expected that the IP Court will play a significant role in helping to protect the IP rights of innovators and brand owners during the upcoming Sochi Olympics (the 22nd Winter Olympics) to be held in February 2014. Typically, at such events, there is a very significant need to enforce IP rights against ambush marketers, counterfeiters and parallel importers (although the right for parallel import is currently a hot topic in Russia). The new IP Court is expected to provide an efficient, reliable and transparent mechanism for combating any abuses of IP. … [Read more...] about New Russian Intellectual Property Court is Open
2. An interesting article in the Harvard Business Review looks at the prospects for increasing entrepreneurship in Africa. The article notes that in order for an entrepreneur-lead boom to occur, entrepreneurs must transform their way of thinking. Specifically, entrepreneurs will need to overcome their tendency to dream small (“small dreamer phenomenon”) as well as their fear of failure. The article suggest that to do this, governments, incubators and investors will need to focus on: (1) creating better safety nets to enable failed entrepreneurs to get back on their feet; (2) educating entrepreneurs to think (and hence, dream) bigger; and (3) designing new mechanisms to promote trust between entrepreneurs and potential partners and employees. To learn more, click here. … [Read more...] about BRIC-a-BRAC January 10, 2014: Intellectual Property News Items from Brazil, Russia, India and China
Trade Secret Finally, a trade secret is business information that is kept scrupulously confidential, such as product development plans, financials, client lists, highly innovative ideas, or computer software. The best way to ensure protection of trade secrets is to take reasonable measures and precautions to keep them confidential, such as maintaining strict company policies and access by only those "with a specific need to know." Employees, independent contractors (such as consultants or other non-employee workers and representatives), and business partners can be required to sign confidentiality/trade secrets non-disclosure agreements. Unlike patents, trade secret protection can extend for an unlimited duration, provided it is kept "secret." … [Read more...] about IP Part 2: Protect Your Automotive Intellectual Property or Else