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Enforcement and Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

  • Ryan W. O’Donnell
  • John J. O’Malley
  • Randolph J. Huis
  • Gerald B. HaltJr
Chapter

Policing Your IP Rights

After a company invests time and resources in developing and protecting its intellectual property rights, it is important to police the market to ensure that no competitor is improperly benefiting from such intellectual property investments. Policing of intellectual property rights can be broken down into a four-step process.
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    1.First, the rights must be identified by class: trademark, trade secret, copyright, or patent. It is also important to remember that any single right may be protected by more than one type of intellectual property protection. For example, a patentable or trade secret right may have an associated trademark, or there may be copyrightable materials that accompany distribution of the patented item. Copyrighted instructions may be an important element in the commercialization of a trade secret. Consider the sale of a trade secret formula where the temperature, rate of mixing, and amount of the...

Keywords

Intellectual Property Federal Court Trade Secret Civil Procedure Patent Litigation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan W. O’Donnell
    • 1
  • John J. O’Malley
    • 1
  • Randolph J. Huis
    • 1
  • Gerald B. HaltJr
    • 1
  1. 1.Volpe and Koenig, P.CPhiladelphiaUSA

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