While everyone has been fixated on patent trolls, experts say a different breed of abusive intellectual-property litigants have been making a comeback: businesses that assert dubious patents for strategic reasons.
Public transit agencies nationwide are being targeted with questionable lawsuits by so-called patent trolls squeezing settlements out of financially strapped public entities unable to mount legal defenses against claims they are infringing on intellectual property protections, industry representatives said Thursday.
Plaintiffs Rockwell Automation Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, and Rockwell Automation Technologies Inc., an Ohio corporation, filed a lawsuit Nov. 16, 2010, in federal court against defendants Germantown-based WAGO Corp. and its German parent company, WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
Protecting rights has always been a challenge for intellectual property owners because of the relative ease with which pirates can steal their work.
From coffee pods to comic book characters, attorney Allen Arntsen is busy protecting the intellectual property of his many clients.
Intellectual property law is no place for sugarcoating, according to James Boyle, a founding shareholder at Boyle Fredrickson SC, Milwaukee.
Jessica Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology. So, of course, she became a lawyer.
In a major milestone in the smartphone patent wars, a federal jury recently found that Apple Inc. infringed on three patents in its iPhone with regard to the camera feature and the handling and rejection of calls.
Intellectual property is one of the most complicated areas of law. Love it or hate it, at some point or another every in-house lawyer is going to be faced with some type of IP dispute.
Some theft of intellectual property is easy to spot. Think of a black market in Shanghai where for a few dollars visitors can snap up DVDs of “Hugo” or some other movie still playing in American theaters.
Despite sobering unemployment numbers across the country, employment for lawyers continues to be promising in the hottest practice areas.
Intellectual property lawyers could get a lot more work if President Barack Obama follows through on his promise to create entrepreneurial jobs by overhauling the U.S. patent system.
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