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Attorneys / 01.10.2014

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Uncategorized / 16.09.2014

Partner Steve Haas was quoted in this week's Crain's Cleveland Business in the section on Innovation. Haas explains that “protecting ideas, innovations and brands requires early and close coordination with our patent and trademark lawyers — delay can be lethal." Click here to read the full article....

Uncategorized / 01.09.2014

Many companies face an unrealized risk when approached by a customer with a problem. Companies will devote a great deal of time and money developing a solution, only to have that customer seek to secretly patent the solution without naming the company’s personnel as inventors or at least co-inventors. “This leads to several bad outcomes, depending upon the particular facts,” says Steve Haas, a partner at Fay Sharpe LLP. “At worst, the company and its other customers can be sued for patent infringement by the first customer, even though the company created the solution. Also, the first customer can source the solution from a third-party supplier without compensating the company that solved the problem — the original company that developed the solution does not get to supply it and cannot stop the new supplier.” Smart Business spoke with Haas about unscrupulous customers that profit from a company’s hard work, and how to avoid...

Attorneys / 01.09.2014

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Uncategorized / 01.08.2014

A Supreme Court decision from this past June could mean that companies with patents on software-related inventions will lose that protection. The ruling in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd v. CLS Bank International changes what is patent-eligible subject matter. That could leave some patents unenforceable, and will challenge companies to rethink how they draft patent applications. “Up until this decision, it was understood by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and patent attorneys in general that software-related patents were patent-eligible subject matter if they were sufficiently tied to a machine, such as a computer” says Christian Drago, a senior associate at Fay Sharpe LLP. “In essence, you’re not claiming the software, you’re claiming the computer that’s performing the function that the software is instructing it to do. After Alice, the court said adding a computer is not enough. They’re looking for something that tangibly affects the real world.” Smart Business spoke with Drago and...

Attorneys / 01.08.2014

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Attorneys / 01.07.2014

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Uncategorized / 01.07.2014

As businesses invest in new products or services, the importance of identifying and protecting their intellectual property (IP) may not be at the forefront of their thinking. “However, if you want to recoup your investment you have to be able to protect it, and IP is one way to do that,” says George Huang, an associate at Fay Sharpe LLP. “Most people are familiar with Chinese companies that knock off a product and can sell it much cheaper than the original manufacturer, because the Chinese company didn’t have to invest in developing the product and its market. Protecting your IP can keep others from harvesting the rewards of your work.” Smart Business spoke with Huang about how your IP attorney can help analyze IP, so you can protect your investments. What kind of IP needs to be protected and how can an IP attorney help? What product or service makes your business stand out...

Attorneys / 01.06.2014

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