intellectual property

  • Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for? Crunch Network

    Is the US Supreme Court decision regarding uniforms worth cheering for?

    Imagine a Warhol painting. It’s an original work of art, protected by copyright. Now, imagine the painting printed on a shirt. Is it still a copyrightable work? Absolutely. Now, imagine the shirt came first. If you could magically remove the design to a canvas, would you still have a functional shirt? Of course. Read More

  • As Egnyte turns 10, it moves into data protection

    As Egnyte turns 10, it moves into data protection

    Egnyte had a big milestone last week. It turned 10 years old, which is a pretty big deal for a startup. The company has survived and even thrived, but as it moves into its second decade, it recognizes that it can’t live on file sync and share alone, and today it announced the general availability of a new product called Egnyte Protect. The product was introduced in Beta last year, but… Read More

  • Binded raises another $950K for its copyright-protecting tools

    Binded raises another $950K for its copyright-protecting tools

    Binded aims to make it easier for photographers to protect their intellectual property by creating a permanent record of their copyright in a public database, namely the blockchain. The startup was previously known as Blockai, but it’s rebranding today — the new name is meant to focus less on technology and instead emphasize the idea of creating a legally binding record. Read More

  • Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem Crunch Network

    Why we stepped up to the patent troll problem

    Entrepreneurs don’t pour all their energy into building startups just to have a patent troll attack them with patents of questionable quality. The patent troll problem is big and growing, posing a threat to startups and established companies alike, costing companies millions in defensive litigation fees and diverting money that would be better spent on innovation. Read More

  • The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse Crunch Network

    The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse

    Given China’s determination to advance its IP systems and stature, China may well eclipse U.S. and Europe as the global center for intellectual property in just a few decades. This radical paradigm shift should be of utmost importance to Silicon Valley, particularly companies whose models and profits are based on proprietary intellectual property. Read More

  • ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation Crunch Network

    ITC protection of IP necessary for continued innovation

    The genius and creativity of American scientists and inventors has long kept the United States at the forefront of innovation and helped to drive U.S. economic success. The federal government’s role in this effort often involves providing seed money for research and experimentation and, increasingly, in protecting American intellectual property rights in the global marketplace. Read More

  • Alibaba is back on U.S. blacklist of “notorious marketplaces”

    Alibaba is back on U.S. blacklist of “notorious marketplaces”

    The USTR dropped its annual blacklist calling out marketplaces that are rife with counterfeit and pirated goods this week. Many of the shopping centers and sites listed in this “Special 301” report were absolutely predictable, like Beijing’s Silk Market, St. Petersburg-based social network VK.com, or The Pirate Bay, which was formed by an anti-copyright group in the… Read More

  • TrademarkVision uses machine learning to make finding logos as easy as a reverse image search

    TrademarkVision uses machine learning to make finding logos as easy as a reverse image search

    A company’s logo is an important part of its identity, but the process behind defining, registering and protecting these trademarks is a convoluted and rather archaic one. A startup called TrademarkVision aims to simplify that with what amounts to a machine-learning-powered reverse image search. This isn’t in some lab, either: The EU just switched their whole image trademark… Read More

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • To IP or not to IP, that is the question Crunch Network

    To IP or not to IP, that is the question

    The rise and fall of Pokémon GO begs us to ask many questions regarding how to launch a game to position it for success. One specific question it raises is whether branded intellectual property is something game makers should consider prior to launch. Branded IP is one of the most time-tested ways to launch games that go on to become immensely popular. Read More

  • Intellectual property strategies for startups Crunch Network

    Intellectual property strategies for startups

    Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Read More

  • Companies expect IP theft to rise in the next year, according to a new survey from Deloitte

    Companies expect IP theft to rise in the next year, according to a new survey from Deloitte

    Intellectual property theft may not be discussed as much as data breaches that see customers’ credit card and other personally identifiable information stolen by hackers. But online theft of IP is a growing concern in tech, according to a new survey by Deloitte, Cyberattackers and Your Intellectual Property. That concern is even higher within the automotive industry, where 64% think it… Read More

  • Legislating noncompetes Crunch Network

    Legislating noncompetes

    The battle over noncompetes is a modern-day rendition of an age-old trope: the big corporation versus the little employee; Goliath versus David. The only difference? In the fable, Goliath was brutish and slow, and everyone knew he was the bad guy. Today, Goliath is smart and backed by an All-Star team of lobbyists, and he’s doing his best to convince us it’s David we should be… Read More

  • Why startups need a defensive IP strategy Crunch Network

    Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

    One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. What they often don’t realize, though, is that in the midst of brutal competition, the path to scale and success is often lined with unexpected co-travelers and events. Read More

  • A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy Crunch Network

    A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

    In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of mass consumption and distribution, but the majority of consumers still purchased physical media. And while the record industry was aware of piracy online, the threat seemed minimal. Then came Napster. Read More

  • Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    While most of the discussions around blockchain have focused on its possible uses in finance, startup Blockai is looking at something different — helping artists, photographers and other creators register their work so that they can protect it from potential copyright infringement. CEO Nathan Lands is pitching this as an intermediate step between registering your work with the Library… Read More

  • What Are My Patents Worth? Crunch Network

    What Are My Patents Worth?

    We enter 2016 with some mixed signals regarding the value of patents for technology companies. Many are preaching a death of patent rights and are questioning whether to invest in patents. Will patents continue to be a worthwhile corporate investment? Is the recent trend a bubble of devaluation that will pop? We’ve identified some IP (intellectual property) trends that are important… Read More

  • The Sabermetrics Arms Race: Scouting In The Age Of Cyber Signal Stealing Crunch Network

    The Sabermetrics Arms Race: Scouting In The Age Of Cyber Signal Stealing

    In my favorite episode of “Seinfeld,” George Costanza’s boss with the Yankees, Mr. Wilhelm, notices that some shoes, bases, helmets and batting doughnuts have gone missing. After noting suspicious behavior from Costanza, Wilhelm shares his misgivings with Mr. Steinbrenner. Costanza is summoned to The Boss’ office, but the investigation quickly derails and he slinks off… Read More

  • The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP Crunch Network

    The Best Times To Get A Grip On Your Startup’s IP

    What’s a tech startup’s most valuable asset? It’s not the seed money. It’s not the workspace. And it’s definitely not the espresso machine or Ping Pong table. The priceless heart of a promising startup is its intellectual property (IP) — the disruptive idea, the brilliant invention, the genius breakthrough. This hot commodity needs to be protected by… Read More

  • Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces Crunch Network

    Swipe To Patent: Design Patents In The Age Of User Interfaces

    User experience and user-interface design is an emerging field in the technology industry, even more so in the legal world of patents. (Sometimes this field is known by the shorthand UX/UI.) It might surprise you to know that the fastest growing segment of design patent filings is in the UX/UI space. Read More