Intellectual Property

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AUDITS

I wouldn’t be surprised if at least a third of all LLC start-ups possess potentially valuable intellectual property.  So LLC formation lawyers have to know a good deal about intellectual property law.  The brief article under the link below is very useful on the subject of client intellectual property audits. Here’s the link:  http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202766987906/Defensive-Due-Diligence-Auditing-Your-IP-Assets-Prior-to-Monitization?kw=Defensive%20Due%20Diligence:%20Auditing%20Your%20IP%20Assets%20Prior%20to%20Monitization&cn=20160909&pt=Daily%20Alert&src=EMC-Email&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&slreturn=20160809083835

HOW TO PROTECT DOMAIN NAMES

A key intellectual property issue for many start-up and existing LLCs is the issue of how to protect their domain names.  The post under the link below provides brief but very useful guidelines concerning this issue.  I intend to share the post with many of my clients.  You may want to do the same. Here […]

TRADE SECRETS

The post under the link below provides a good brief summary of trade secret law.   It is not unusual for LLC formation clients to be unaware that business information and techniques they possess can be valuable trade secrets if they protect them properly.  You may be able to perform a significant service for them by […]

PATENTS AND START-UPS

I happen to be working presently with a start-up LLC for which the potential patentability of business methods may be their central business issue.  Under the link below is a post with the best brief outline I’ve ever seen concerning the potential value of patents to business start-ups. Here’s the link:  https://blog.vcexperts.com/2016/08/23/9-reasons-your-start-up-needs-patents/

PATENTS

Many start-ups businesses being formed as LLCs own patents or patentable inventions.  Under the link below is a useful blog post about surveying clients’ patent assets. http://www.milesstockbridge.com/intellectualpropertyblog/posts/case-comprehensive-360-ip-strategy-opening-arguments

POST ABOUT THE BASICS OF TRADE SECRECY LAW

The attached post was written for corporate inside counsel, but it may also be useful to you as an LLC formation lawyer.  Many of our clients have trade secrecy issues even if they are unaware of them.  We need to give them guidance even if we’re not intellectual property lawyers. http://www.insidecounsel.com/2016/08/18/trade-secret-law-a-brief-guide-for-in-house-counse?eNL=57b5dd46150ba05357f97e5d&utm_source=IC_Commentary&utm_medium=EMC-Email_editorial&utm_campaign=08182016

COPYRIGHT LAW

Since many of the clients of LLC formation lawyers are likely either to own copyrights or, from time to time, to copy materials owned by others that may be copyrighted, these lawyers should know at least the basics of copyright law and be able to explain them to their clients.  The five-minute video under the […]

BLOG POST ABOUT PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The key asset of many clients who form their businesses as LLCs is their intellectual property.  The post under the link below provides an excellent overview of how to choose the best way to protect this intellectual property. Here’s the link:  http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/selecting-the-right-intellectual-14098/

VIDEO ON COPYRIGHT

When you’re forming LLCs for clients starting new businesses, it will often be useful to them if you can give them basic advice about whether they will need any copyrights in their businesses.  Click here for a video that may be useful to them on that subject: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=548c67b3-3bf1-4ec2-97d9-a5954d59a171&l=7RP9WCH

NEW ARTICLE ABOUT FEDERAL TRADE SECRETS PROTECTION STATUTE

LLC lawyers need to have at least a basic awareness of the intellectual property issues likely to be relevant to their clients.  The article under the link below discusses a new federal trade secret remedies statute that importantly supplements state trade secret law. Here’s the link: http://www.employmentlawbusinessguide.com/2016/05/new-federal-trade-secret-act-comes-with-notice-requirements-for-companies/?utm_source=McLane+Middleton+-+Employment+Law+Business+Guide&utm_campaign=0dea4b86f3-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cb3d2edd77-0dea4b86f3-71829489