Patent Procurement & Management
- Product Launch Invention Review
- Documentation of Inventions
- Unauthorized Disclosure of Inventions
- Invention Disclosure
- Processing Invention Disclosure
- Review Invention Disclosure
- Instruct Outside Patent Counsel
- File Patent Application
- Prosecution & Issuance Procedures
- Foreign Filing Decisions & Procedures
- Maintenance Fees
- IP Ownership & Clearance for Technology
- IP Assessment & Plan
- Protecting & Handling Confidential Information
- IP Monitoring, Enforcement & Violations
Trademarks, Domain Names & Advertising
Trademark, Domain Name & Advertising Topics+
- Responsibilities of the Trademark Coordinator
- Trademark & Domain Name Database
- Trademarks & Domain Name Monitoring
- Review Use of Third Party Trademarks
- Review Use of Comparative Advertising
- Clearance & Use of Company Trademark
- Trademark & Domain Name Registration/Protection
- Domain Name Selection
- Trademark Selection
- Copyright & Personality Rights
- Open Source Software
IP Monitoring & Enforcement
Monitoring your IP is worth looking at it with respect to the multiple types of IP that exist - trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and confidential information, and patents.
When devoting any kind of substantial resources into technology innovation and R&D, it is important to protect such investments using trade secrets, copyrights and patents. A company must be committed to monitoring market developments to detect misappropriations of its IP throughout its lifespan, and enforcing its rights when required. Employees should be vigilant for possible violations and any suspected violation should be immediately reported to a legal representative. For proper communication recomendations, please refer to the guidelines within this section.
Copyrights are fairly straightforward with respect to monitoring and protects what we call work of authorship.
Trademarks are your brand. What you’re looking for are other companies, third parties, especially competitors, that are using a mark that is similar to yours.
Trade secrets and confidential information are interesting when it comes to monitoring, because as opposed to other types of intellectual property where you’re looking at what other comapany's are doing publicly, you're getting a little bit more personal.
Patents can be a littly tricky because as opposed to trademarks, where you can look at the brand and see similarities between yours and someone else’s, patents have claims that describe the legal bounds of what it protects.