Author: sbadmin

Uncategorized / 01.01.2014

Companies invest significant resources developing products and services that are intended to generate revenue. The ability to prevent competitors from copying these new products and services utilizing intellectual property (IP) protection is essential. However, many companies fail to fully protect all of their resources. Or, by failing to educate their workforce on the vulnerability of unprotected assets, unintentionally spoil the outcome of products in development before they reach the market. Smart Business spoke with Sean M. Weinman, an attorney at Fay Sharpe LLP, to learn what companies at various stages of their lifecycle must do to protect their IP. What are some common mistakes young companies make when it comes to their IP? The most common mistake young companies make is failing to protect their intellectual property (IP). Some companies choose not to protect their IP because they don’t believe that IP protection is available. Others choose to protect IP but file for such...

Attorneys / 27.12.2013

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Uncategorized / 01.12.2013

There’s a lot of opportunity for investors in Cleveland to fund up-and-coming technology companies. “There’s a growing sense of entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Steve Haynes, managing partner at Glengary LLC. “It has become the norm for colleges, universities, hospitals and other institutions to think about monetizing the technology developed in their facilities. They’re getting research dollars and they’re trying to convert science into something commercial. In addition to institutional technology transfer, incubators, accelerators, etc., are being formed to drive economic development.” Patrick R. Roche, a partner at Fay Sharpe LLP, adds that there are many companies in the area looking to assist the right companies with capitalization. “It’s very competitive — there are a lot of deals to be looked at,” he says. While the market is fertile with both investors and entrepreneurs, Roche and Haynes say there are many things entrepreneurs fail to account for when seeking funding, including the viability and...

Attorneys / 03.11.2013

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Uncategorized / 01.11.2013

Some mistakenly believe that U.S. patents travel the world with universal protection, but countries work independent of each other when granting patents. That is why, when conducting business internationally, it is important to understand how intellectual property protections are procured in each country. According to the Paris Convention, a treaty signed by the U.S. and 174 other countries that protects industrial property, a patent granted in one signatory country does not mean it must be granted in another. “U.S. patents are independent from those granted by foreign countries, so protection is advisable in each market a patented product will be sold,” says John S. Zanghi, a partner at Fay Sharpe LLP. Smart Business spoke with Zanghi about acquiring international patent protection. How does the Paris Convention apply? National treatment and right of priority are two important clauses of the Paris Convention with which businesses should be familiar. National treatment says member countries must grant the...

Attorneys / 31.10.2013

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Uncategorized / 04.10.2013

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Uncategorized / 04.10.2013

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Uncategorized / 04.10.2013

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....

Uncategorized / 04.10.2013

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work....