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    Dan is a senior partner of the Intellectual Property and Technology (IP&T) group (former chair 1997-2009), concentrating his practice on counseling emerging and established businesses in all areas of intellectual property and ...

Intellectual property has become increasingly complex and inevitably intertwined with many aspects of any organization in today’s fast-moving economy. Sources suggest the value of U.S. IP assets currently exceeds other tangible assets; the largest assets in many tech companies today is indeed their IP. Organizations are thus wise to implement IP management policies tailored to their businesses. This article highlights an audit program that enables an organization to better “mine” its IP through the identification and development of those assets, while also identifying potential IP liabilities. An IP audit maximizes the value of the organization’s IP assets, mitigates IP liabilities and supports an effective IP management program, which is often made an integral part of its strategic planning. Regardless of an organization’s focus, it should have a thorough understanding of its IP environment.

From July 10-20, 2014, several Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorneys participated in the Indiana Black Expo, Inc.’s 44th Summer Celebration, the IBE’s annual signature event showcasing African American culture through festivals, exhibits, workshops and concerts.

As a bronze sponsor of the event, Bingham Greenebaum Doll enjoyed its own table at the Mayor’s Breakfast on ...

On behalf of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, we would like to congratulate Social Net Watcher, an Indiana start-up business and client of BGD, for being recognized with a 2013 Indiana Innovation Award by Centric. Centric is a nonprofit organization that promotes new business development in Indiana. Social Net Watcher received the award for creating a social media monitoring system that ...

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP was pleased to welcome a delegation from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China Investment Promotion Agency (MOFCOM-CIPA) to our Indianapolis office on Thursday, July 26. The delegation’s visit to Indiana was coordinated through the office of Global Business Engagement at Purdue University and Mark Van Fleet, Director.

The ...

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently voted to expand the list of top-level domain (TLD) names to include almost any word in any language. Currently, TLDs are limited to individual countries (.au or .uk) and the 22 generic TLDs (.com or .net). Under the new plan, however, gTLDs can be any combination of letters in any script. While the expansion was aimed at addressing the looming problems that have plagued the current system for the past few years, it also presents significant new challenges.

This past Friday, Conexus and the IBJ presented the manufacturing and logistics report for our state. Michael Hicks, Director of Ball State University’s Bureau of Business Research, gave us the details and the message was a combination of the very good coupled with a caution for the future in one category of performance. The positives focus on Indiana’s market share and growth in both the manufacturing and logistics industries: “Indiana continues to have the largest share of income from manufacturing in the nation” and “Indiana’s logistics sector has growth in both strength and scope.”

Did you obtain a utility or plant patent after December 31, 2007?  Are you an individual, corporation domiciled in Indiana with 500 or fewer employees, or a nonprofit organization or nonprofit corporation domiciled in Indiana?  If you answered yes to both of those questions, you may be eligible for an exemption, up to $5 million, from state income taxation this year for certain income ...

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Does your manufacturing business have a patent marking review process? Patent marking, while seemingly simple, can create complex and potentially costly legal issues for manufacturers. To protect their rights, manufacturers owning patents should "mark" their patented products and related marketing literature to notify buyers their products are patented. Marking improves a manufacturer's chances of recovering damages for patent infringement and is a preferred practice to follow. A proper marking typically includes the issued patent number or "patent pending." However, under federal law, unpatented products (and any advertising for unpatented products) cannot give the indication that the product is protected by an issued patent. If a manufacturer incorrectly marks its products, it can be subject to a fine of up to $500 per product. In the case of a manufacturer that mass produces large numbers of products, such as the Solo Cup Company which had manufactured billions of incorrectly marked cups, the potential liability can be substantial. Even if there is not a large number of improperly marked products, a manufacturer may still have to pay to defend itself against a claim of false patent marking.

Most companies keep sensitive personal information in their files – names, Social Security numbers, credit card or other account data – that identifies customers or employees. This information often is necessary to fill orders, meet payroll or perform other necessary business functions. However, if sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud, identity theft or similar harms. Given the cost of a security breach – losing your customers’ trust and perhaps even defending yourself against a lawsuit – safeguarding personal information is just plain good business.

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