Two Businessess & An IP Fracas

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A basic intellectual property presentation relating to patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues at the Alexandria Small Business Development Center.

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Two Businessess & An IP Fracas

  1. 1. A Tale of Two SmallBusinesses & An IP Fracas Antigone Peyton Cloudigy Law
  2. 2. Setting the StageDoomsday has a patent covering parts of the Super Public Defender softwareprogramDoomsday hasn’t registered anything with the Copyright OfficeDoomsday considers its customer list a trade secretIt uses a basic employee and contractor agreement that doesn’t say anythingabout Intellectual Property rightsDoomsday thinks it’s wrong for Heaven’s Arms to use some of its websitematerial for a website associated with Heaven’s Arms’ games
  3. 3. Super PublicDefender Patent
  4. 4. Software Patents
  5. 5. Patent Analysis Compare Patent Claims to Final Appeal software product If product is covered, then it infringes the patent Doesn’t matter whether Heaven’s Gate knows about patent Doomsday can get money or an injunction
  6. 6. Heaven’s Arms Website
  7. 7. WebsiteNo registrationsCopyright Text, Images, maybe some codeTrademark Icons, Logos, Images
  8. 8. Trade Secrets
  9. 9. Trade SecretsCustomer list can be a trade secret insome circumstancesDepends on what Doomsday does toprotect it and whether it treats it like atrade secret
  10. 10. Factors to ConsiderEmployee & contractor agreementsrestrict access & useTechnical and practical steps taken toprotect itCompetitive advantage to business tokeep it a trade secretEach situation is different
  11. 11. Jack Ryan’s Software Code
  12. 12. Employee AgreementsThey don’t discuss what happens ifemployees invent something, or createsomething that is protectable bytrademark, copyright, or trade secret lawProblem!!
  13. 13. Jack Ryan’s WorkCode for several software gamesmade up some game images for thecompanycreated some artwork for several gamesadded potential customer contacts heknew personally to the customer list
  14. 14. What We’ve Learned
  15. 15. Questions?? Antigone Peyton, Esq. President & Founder, Cloudigy Law (703) 436-2033 antigone.peyton@cloudigylaw.com Twitter: @antigonepeyton; @cloudigylaw Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CloudigyLawLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/antigonepeyton Cloudigy blog: http://cloudigylaw.com/news/

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