Intellectual Property

Counseling Early Stage Companies: Advance Preparation for the Exit

Representing early stage, high-growth companies often involves supporting a team of entrepreneurs to take a business from an idea, through commercial launch and market penetration, to a successful exit, often through an acquisition by a strategic or financial purchaser.  The speed and intensity of the client’s activity can be tremendous.  Under the pressure of achieving… Read More

Is Your Company a Trademark Bully?

Depending on one’s perspective, a “trademark bully” is either simply a vigorous enforcer of its valid trademark rights who is unduly criticized for such enforcement or an overreaching behemoth trying to unfairly expand its trademark rights well beyond the reasonable boundaries of its protection. For this second category, think “Goliath” challenging the unprotected “Davids” in… Read More

How GCs can unlock IP asset value (and make friends with the CFO)

It’s a truism that a patent is only as valuable as the patent owner’s willingness and ability to enforce it. And therein lies the challenge faced by companies or institutions with substantial IP assets when they attempt to justify allocating resources to pursue claims. By the time a patent exists to enforce, the company has… Read More

Geographical Indications in Sri Lankan Law

Chapter XXXIII of the Intellectual Property Law No. 36 of 2003 makes provision for the protection of geographical indications. Geographical Indications (GI) are off shoots of indications of source and appellations of origin which were first accorded recognition in the Paris Convention. Indications of source is a broad concept and designates a country or place… Read More

The Fate of Pharma Patents in U.S. Inter Partes Review Proceedings

As part of the 2011 America Invents Act,[1] the United States Congress created a new process for challenging the validity of issued U.S. patents in the Patent Office (before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board –“PTAB”).  Known as an Inter Partes Review (“IPR”), this process allows third parties to pursue a “mini-trial” against the validity… Read More

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