Intellectual property (IP) laws in the US have undergone fundamental changes over the past several years. For example, in 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) overhauled the American patent system in a way that had not been accomplished since 1952. Moreover, the Supreme Court decided several cases that, among other things, created a tougher environment for inventors/patent applicants and expanded the scope of trademark protection to marks that were likely to be previously rejected. In 2016, The Defend Trade Secrets Act created new federal laws that allow an owner of a trade secret to sue in federal court when its trade secrets have been misappropriated. And new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, have scholars and legislators rethinking the scope of copyright protection and debating additional reforms that have the potential for even more change.
In an increasingly competitive commercial environment, entrepreneurs and managers must understand how these changes to our patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright laws may potentially impact US businesses. This series of webinars seeks to both educate you on current laws and prepare you to take full advantage of the changes that lie ahead. Please join some of the leading attorneys in the World, as they discuss—in plain English for the non-expert—the basics of U.S. IP laws and the changing landscape as it affects US businesses.
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