Tag Archives: Patents

Will the Sharing Economy Extend to Automotive Patents?

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In a recent article published by Bloomberg, we are once again reminded of the litigious nature of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players.  Recent patent and trade secret lawsuits have garnered a lot of media attention, bringing IP enforcement front and center as companies try to leverage their rights and corner segments of the market. Meanwhile, … Continue reading this entry

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace.  Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods, and trunks, providing them with additional leverage over suppliers and aftermarket competitors for the entire 15 year life of a design patent.… Continue reading this entry

IP Protection in China: Strategies for a New Era

Recently, China sought to reassure foreign investors that it would never close its doors to the outside world and was committed to making China a fairer place to conduct business. “We are protecting the legitimate rights of foreign enterprises according to law,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping during a roundtable discussion with international business leaders … Continue reading this entry