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Google's Nest acquisition has much to do with patents - January 27, 2014

The news of Google's acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? Read More »

 

Lots of Ways to Get in Trademark Trouble - November 11, 2013

Trademarks are most often thought of as words or designs that convey the source of the product. Everyone knows whose product it is when they see the Nike "swoosh" or encounter the words "Coca-Cola." Read More »

 

Patent Trolls Take a Toll on Startups - August 26, 2013

Patent trolls, who buy vague and overly broad patents to demand fees from companies, have recently started targeting tech startups with patent infringement lawsuits. Read More »

 

Supreme Court Rules on Human Gene Patent Debate - June 24, 2013

Angelina Jolie recently made headlines for her preemptive mastectomy after learning that she carried the BRCA genes, which are linked to breast cancer. It is not often that pop culture intersects with patent law, but on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion that had been anxiously awaited by many in the scientific community and had ties to Jolie's news. Read More »

 

IP Strategies: An Offensive and Defensive Approach - April 15, 2013

Companies, both big and small, take a variety of approaches when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Some companies focus on product development and marketing with little focus on protecting intellectual assets, while others narrowly protect their own products or planned products. Read More »

 

Take a Proactive Approach to Patents in View of Patent Reform - February 17, 2013

The U.S. Patent Act defines the circumstances in which the federal government may issue patents. Until recently, our patent laws had not been significantly updated since 1952, the year that patents were issued for the PEZ dispenser, Mr. Potato Head and the earliest bar code scanner. Read More »

 

Immigration Service Releases Entrepreneur-in-Residence Training Materials - February 5, 2013

Realizing that the current immigration laws are not start-up friendly, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an "entrepreneur-in-residence" ("EIR") program in October 2011. Read More »

 

Emily Harris and Courtney Strutt Todd Selected for "Forty Under 40" - January 23, 2013

Davis Brown attorneys Emily Harris and Courtney Strutt Todd were selected the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 Awards. Read More »

 

From Academia to Market - Creating the University Spinoff - December 10, 2012

Google. Gatorade. MRI Imaging. What do these seemingly unrelated products have in common? They all have roots in intellectual property developed and are owned by universities. Look no further than our own state universities for such success stories. Read More »

 

Is a rounded corner really worth $1 billion? - October 8, 2012

Intellectual Property Law - "So a jury recently decided that Samsung deliberately copied the rounded corners of the iPhone and punished the company with an award to Apple exceeding $1 billion? How is that even possible?" Read More »

 

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