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CRS – Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation

Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. April 22, 2016.

“A trade secret is confidential, commercially valuable information that provides a company with a competitive advantage, such as customer lists, methods of production, marketing strategies, pricing information, and chemical formulae. (Well- known examples of trade secrets include the formula for Coca-Cola, the recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the algorithm used by Google’s search engine.) To succeed in the global marketplace, U.S. firms depend upon their trade secrets , which increasingly are becoming their most valuable intangible assets. However, U.S. companies annually suffer billions of dollars in losses due to the theft of their trade secrets by employees, corporate competitors, and even foreign governments. Stealing trade secrets has increasingly involved the use of cyberspace, advanced computer technologies, and mobile communication devices, thus making the theft relatively anonymous and difficult to detect. The Chinese and Russian governments have been particularly active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage with respect to U.S. trade secrets and proprietary information.”

Project seeks to thwart patent trolls

“All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able. The concept is to democratize ideas, provide an impetus for change in the patent system, and to preempt patent trolls. The system works by pulling text from the entire databaseContinue Reading

Patent Licensing, Technology Transfer, & Innovation

Lemley, Mark A. and Feldman, Robin, Patent Licensing, Technology Transfer, & Innovation (February 26, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2738819 “Traditional justifications for patents are all based on direct or indirect contribution to the creation of new products. Patents serve the social interest if they provide not just invention, but innovation the world wouldContinue Reading

CRS Report – Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Via FAS – Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century, Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. January 19, 2016. “The laws that determine who pays whom in the digital world were written, by and large, at a time when music was primarily performed via radio broadcasts or distributed through physical media (such asContinue Reading

The Demographics of Innovation in the United States

Information Technology and Innovation Institute -“This study provides a detailed portrait of individuals who are driving technological innovation in the United States—including their gender, ethnicity, countries of origin, education, and age—as well as the settings and circumstances in which they are creating their innovations, such as the institution (or institutions) behind the advances, the commercialContinue Reading

2015 Patent Dispute Report

Via Unified Patents – Overall Trend – 2015 Saw the Most Patent Disputes in History

2015 Non Practicing Entity Activity Highlights

“Every year, RPX produces a series of detailed reports on NPE (non-practicing entity) activity, covering patent infringement litigation, the transaction of patent assets in the marketplace, and a breakdown of the billions of dollars that companies have spent on related legal fees, settlements, and judgments. As we complete the collection and in-depth analysis of tensContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide

Via LLRX.com – Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide.  Sabrina I. Pacifici’s comprehensive current awareness guide focuses on leveraging a selected but wide range of reliable, topical, predominantly free websites and resources. The goal is to support an effective research process to search, discover, access, monitor, analyze and review current and historical data, news,Continue Reading

Gene Patents and Human Rights

Van Overwalle, Geertrui, Gene Patents and Human Rights (March 2015). in Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights. Third edition, Paul L. C. Torremans (ed.), Kluwer Law International, 2015, 871 – 914 . Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2708042 “Over the last decade, the relationship between intellectual property rights (IPRs) and human rights has gained wideContinue Reading

The Federal Circuit as an Institution

Vacca, Ryan G., The Federal Circuit as an Institution (December 21, 2015). Akron Research Paper No. 15-07. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2706849 “The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is a unique institution. Unlike other circuit courts, the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction is bound by subject area rather than geography, and it was createdContinue Reading

An Easy Checkoff for Global Competitiveness: The Case for a U.S. Innovation Box

An Easy Checkoff for Global Competitiveness: The Case for a U.S. Innovation Box – Robert D. Atkinson – November 30, 2015.  “Taxing corporate revenues from innovation-based activities less will not only boost U.S. global competitiveness it will help bring back IP-based corporate profits now overseas. “Within the last decade a growing number of countries haveContinue Reading

Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset

Graham, Stuart J.H. and Marco, Alan C. and Myers, Amanda F., Patent Transactions in the Marketplace: Lessons from the USPTO Patent Assignment Dataset (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 29. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2696147 “While records of the assignments (transactions) affecting US patents and patent applications haveContinue Reading