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Winding Down the Start-Up – IP Considerations

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By Jason Wejnert, William Cory Spence and Laura Shapiro Starting a small business and maintaining it through good and bad times is an enormous challenge in any era. Today, with the COVID-19 pandemic rampaging across the world and shuttering employment nationwide in the U.S., this stark truth is even more apparent. When owners face the […]

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Congratulations to William C. Spence, trial lawyer and founding partner of SpencePC, on his recognition on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020 list!

Congratulations to William C. Spence, trial lawyer and founding partner of SpencePC, on his recognition on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020 list! About the IAM Patent 1000 The IAM Patent 1000 is a standalone publication that identifies individual and firm expertise in all major areas of patent law and practice. […]

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Enforcing Your Trademark Rights against Counterfeiters and Competitors in the world of E-Commerce

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By: AJ Wenn & Danny Hess While the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have many businesses tightening their budgets, the exact opposite is true in the e-commerce sector. Traditional retail business restrictions and shelter-in-place orders have sent the e-commerce market soaring. In a blog post on March 16, 2020 Amazon revealed that it is […]

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The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Intellectual Property

By AJ Wenn and Gopal Gannamraj In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, governments and agencies around the world are discussing and implementing measures to allow for the quick and easy spread of scientific knowledge and ideas that may help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of COVID-19. For example, Canada, Germany, France and Israel […]

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Navigating Contractual Rights and Remedies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Your Options for Relief and How to Minimize Liability.

By William Cory Spence, Michael McDonough, and Daniel Hess As we continue to live and work through the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are starting to feel the direct impact of fewer customers, tighter budgets, and strains on contractual obligations. During this time of uncertainty and fluidity, it is more important than ever to have a […]

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SpencePC Secures Denial of Motion to Dismiss on Section 101 Patent Eligibility Grounds in Northern District of Illinois Patent Infringement Lawsuit

On March 25, 2020, SpencePC client B*EIOR received a victory in its opposition to a FRCP 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim under 35 U.S.C. 101 when the Judge denied defendant Teradata’s motion. Plaintiff and client Tad Lepman of B*IEOR is pleased with the results and looks forward to a successful […]

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How Foreigners can Navigate China’s Intellectual Property System

By: Jason Wejnert and Laura Shapiro Introduction Sophisticated investors and business owners recognize the benefits of patent licenses and patent protection on an international level. The more intricate and global a business becomes, the more protection is required in order to maintain exclusivity over products and privacy against competitors. One of the major markets patent […]

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Supreme Court Considers Booking.com Trademark Dispute

By: AJ Wenn, Daniel Hess Once a business purchases an internet domain name it can be rest assured that it—and it alone—owns and uses that specific domain name. Conversely, a business’ trademark is different: the business has to continuously use the trademark in commerce, but in return gains the incredible advantage of preventing competitors from […]

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The Term ‘Inventor’ and its Growing Definition: Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Inventorship

By: Gopal Gannamraj, AJ Wenn, and Alok Parikh Can artificial intelligence systems be treated as an inventor? If so, what ownership rights flow to the owner of the artificial intelligence system? As some of the biggest technology and pharmaceutical companies in the world continue to invest heavily into their artificial intelligence systems, the USPTO has […]

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Navigating Contractual Rights and Remedies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Doctrines All Businesses Should Consider

By: William Cory Spence, Michael McDonough & Daniel Hess Introduction Traditionally, it was nothing more than standard boilerplate contract language or a legal theory that bar exam students crammed into their heads at the last minute. But with the outbreak of COVID-19 the force majeure contract clause is seeing new light and becoming a hot […]

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