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How to Protect Valuable Intellectual Property despite California’s Policy against the Enforcement of Employee Covenants Not to Compete

Our firm is frequently contacted by companies and small business owners who request that we prepare agreements for them that would prevent or limit their employees from engaging in competitive work following the end of the employment relationship. Specifically, what many...
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Will President Trump tinker with the USPTO?

As we all know, Donanld Trump is a master brander. We saw him at work during the campaign use his skill to effectively eliminate his competition during the primary season. His campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” may go down in history as one of the most...
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To Search Or Not To Search, Inventors Want To Know

In my many initial client consultation meetings, this is the first question: Should we do a search first? The short answer is yes, but not always. A patent search usually means searching the USPTO database to see if the invention has already been disclosed by another patent or...
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VIRTUAL PATENT MARKINGS

The America Invents Act (AIA) allows patented products to be marked “virtually” by using a notice directing consumers to visit a site on the internet. See USPTO’s Report on Virtual Markings, September 2014.  To comply with virtual marking requirements, the owner must mark the...
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