INNOVATE is the online magazine by and for AIPLA members from IP law students all the way through retired practitioners. Designed as an online publication, INNOVATE features magazine-like articles on a wide variety of topics in IP law.

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  • Osipov_photo square Pharmaceutical Patents In Russia

    Written by Kirill Osipov on March 5, 2019

    The imposition of sanctions by Western countries has affected Russia’s economy and compelled Russian officials to support domestic manufactures to promote their products. Nevertheless, Intellectual Property rights are respected in modern Russia, which results in an incessant search for an optimal balance of interests.
  • David Fortunato Practical Tips For Protecting Your "Secret Sauce"

    Written by David M. Fortunato on March 5, 2019

    How do you compete? Certainly, you compete by doing things better, faster and cheaper. You compete by offering goods/services that are superior to your competition. You compete through continuous improvement. Yet asking “How do you compete” begs another question – Are you using every tool, resource, etc. at your disposal to improve your competitive stance?
  • DeWitty head shot How much is that trademark worth online? A Model for Valuing a Trademark’s Ad Positional Right

    Written by Robert M. DeWitty on March 5, 2019

    Many trademark owners are not aware that their trademarks (or “marks”) possess value as keyword search terms (or “keywords”). Unawareness by trademark owners juxtaposed against high online advertising revenues, valued at over US$30 billion in 2017, means many trademarks are being undervalued in the marketplace.
  • Jim Moeller Programmatic Patent Searches Using Google’s BigQuery & Public Patent Data

    Written by James H. Moeller on March 5, 2019

    Google’s combination of its BigQuery data warehouse service along with its public patent datasets is providing a new type of patent information resource that’s better positioned for the growing trend of integrating patent information together with data science programmatic analysis for more customized solutions by data-savvy practitioners.
  • Young & Sawicki The DNA of an NDA

    Written by James L. Young & Z. Peter Sawicki on March 1, 2019

    Recently, the acronym NDA (non-disclosure agreement) has been tossed around in the news and in some highly publicized settlement agreements both political and otherwise. Such agreements to keep information secret in a business setting are common and may come in many forms.
  • Stephen Janoski Another Record Year for Seizures of Knock-Offs Entering the US, And How to Try to Stop More Knock-Offs

    Written by Stephen G. Janoski on November 16, 2018

    The economic, health and safety impact of counterfeits is a persistent global problem.
  • Nic Marais Weaponizing Follow-On Petitions to Defeat IPR Estoppel

    Written by Nicholas Marais on November 16, 2018

    Under §315(e), a petitioner is estopped from bringing a claim before the PTAB or district court that it “raised or reasonably could have raised” during a previous inter partes review. Now, under General Plastic, the PTAB may also deny a claim when the seven-factor test is met.
  • James Arnold Jr Joint Development and Background Intellectual Property

    Written by James Arnold, Jr on November 16, 2018

    As innocuous as the term “Background IP” may sound, there are potential pitfalls for the drafter of Background IP provisions in Joint Development Agreements (JDAs).
  • Evgeny Alexandrov Protection of Patents and Trademarks In the Eurasian Economic Union

    Written by Evgeny Alexandrov on November 16, 2018

    The legal environment on IP protection within the Eurasian Economic Union is quite unified and harmonized with the major International Treaties.
  • Darin Gibby The Abstract Swing

    Written by Darin Gibby on November 16, 2018

    Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice, patent applicants have been befuddled with the concept of an abstract idea.
  • Specimens: The Key to Strong Trademark Protection

    Written by Heather Bowen on September 24, 2018

    Essentially, submitting trademark specimen minimizes the chances that another company will assert the same mark for its company.
  • A Review of the Mexican Linkage System

    Written by Mariana Gonzalez-Vargas on September 24, 2018

    The main purpose of the Mexican Linkage System is to improve communication between the Mexican Patent & Trademark Office (IMPI) and the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS), in order to prevent issuance of marketing authorizations for generic versions of patented pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Copyright Ownership: A Mere Handshake Isn't Good Enough

    Written by Peter Sawicki, Amanda Prose, and Jim Young on September 24, 2018

    Whenever a company arranges for non-employees to design, build and/or implement creative activities for the company, it is imperative that appropriate contractual safeguards be in place to make certain that the company owns the copyrights in the works it has purchased.
  • Eleven Tips to Securing Software-Related Patent Protection Post-Alice

    Written by Katie Bates and David Cornett on September 24, 2018

    The years since Alice have taught us some important strategies for continuing to obtain utility patent protection for software-related inventions.
  • Making 3D Printing Eco-Friendly: A Potential Opportunity for Patent Protection

    Written by Meggan Duffy and Dan Chavka on September 24, 2018

    As 3D printing becomes more commonplace, some have begun to question whether it is any more environmentally friendly than the conventional manufacturing processes it seeks to replace.
  • IP in an Augmented Reality

    Written by Brian Wassom on September 24, 2018

    Augmented reality is poised to be one of the most important media platforms of this generation.



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