Intellectual Property and Technology Counseling
Maslon's Intellectual Property lawyers serve clients in virtually every segment of the technology, software, entertainment, life sciences, and financial services industries. Our broad experience as advisors on major transactions often enables us to identify opportunities, recommend innovative solutions, and assist our clients in implementing an intellectual property strategy that supports key business goals.
Our lawyers are leaders in the development of intellectual property law and policy for the protection and commercialization of new technologies, knowledge-based products, production configuration and design. We are well known for our skill in handling complex licensing, portfolio management, protection and enforcement strategies, and for our collaborative approach in helping our clients address key business and legal issues.
Like our clients, our attorneys are entrepreneurially directed and results-oriented. As a full service law firm, our intellectual property attorneys can draw upon a wealth of capabilities and experience critical to enhancing and enforcing our client's intellectual property rights throughout the world. These capabilities also allow us to respond nimbly to rapid changes in intellectual property law and practice, and to help our clients refine their intellectual property strategy to take advantage of key developments and opportunities.
- Supreme Court Ruling Profoundly Impacts U.S. Copyright Owners (April 2013)
- Protect Your Trademarks From "XXX" Rating (October 2011)
- Federal Circuit Court Adopts Stricter Standards For Proving Inequitable Conduct in Patent Cases (June 2011)
- Legal Alert: New Tax Credit for 'Angel Investors' Makes Investing in Minnesota Technology Start-Ups More Attractive (July 2010)
- Eran Kahana Featured on Hearsay Culture Show for Stanford University Radio KZSU-FM (February 2013)
- Maslon Welcomes Intellectual Property Attorney Eran Kahana (January 2013)
The World Intellectual Property Organization is the U.N. agency responsible for the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. Its Web site provides background and texts of all major treaties and other forms of international IP protection. The site includes complete information on intellectual property in general, and on specific WIPO initiatives on dispute resolution, domain names, electronic commerce, biotechnology, and other current issues.
WIPO also maintains the Collection of Laws for Electronic Access database containing all national laws relating to intellectual property, all treaties administered by WIPO, and bibliographic data concerning each legislative text and treaty. While the bibliographic data are in English only, the laws and treaties are available in French and Spanish as well. The system is remarkably simple to use, with a search bar and menu of contents on the left and results displayed in the center.
Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries, Copyright and Fair Use is a useful collection of copyright law materials and links with a focus on primary source materials, including current legislation and recent cases. Of particular note is its case law section, which includes not only full text opinions, but, for some cases, briefs and analyses.
Franklin Pierce Law Center's Intellectual Property Mall is a comprehensive, "one-stop shopping" site for links to IP resources on the Internet. Many of the links include thorough annotations, making them more useful than most. But links are not all you will find there. Among the varied resources are a library of faculty research papers on IP topics, a collection of IP moot court briefs from award-winning teams, federal IP jury instructions, copies of USPTO patent examinations, and a tutorial on patent searching via the Internet.
The Intellectual Property Owners Association is a group of manufacturers, organizations and individuals dedicated to protecting the rights of IP owners. Highlighting its Web site is its daily news service - reports from the courts, Congress and elsewhere on developments in IP law and related issues. Another section, "IP in the Courts," pulls together in one location news reports of court ruling and the actual rulings.
The International Trademark Association, an international association of trademark owners and associated professionals, hosts a web site that goes beyond the usual association fare of membership information, event listings, and publication sales. While much of the site is directed at nonprofessionals, a section designated for lawyers includes the ITA's collection of amicus briefs and a guide to using ADR in trademark and unfair competition matters.