IP Connections

September/October 2011

The smartphone patent frenzy

2011 has seen a significant number of patent infringement lawsuits and patent deals in the smartphone industry, and the pace shows no sign of abating.

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Deriving value from trade secrets

While trade secrets are not always at the forefront of every manager's mind, in the right context, (such as a technology licensing or sale arrangement) trade secrets can be leveraged to derive greater value from a company's IP assets.

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Surveys: a useful tool to gauge consumers' perception

Beyond marketing strategies, advertising campaigns, market shares and sales figures, there is essentially only one valid and reliable way to help establish how consumers view a trademark and the products or services in association with which it is used, and that is survey evidence.

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Global patent protection

International and regional application processes can offer streamlined, cost-effective means to pursue broad, multi-jurisdictional patent rights.

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Business relevance of trademarks in distribution agreements

This article provides practical guidance for trademark owners to consider early in negotiations with a potential distributor.

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Recent developments in brief

U.S. Patent No. 8,000,000 granted

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President Obama signs the America Invents Act into law

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Angry Birds found in a Chinese theme park

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Rankings and recognitions

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh tops the rankings in The Best Lawyers in Canada®

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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh recognized in The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers 2011

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