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Guidelines for IP Due Diligence Processes

IP tools used for answering due diligence questions have varied over the years and will continue to evolve.  With each iteration they become much more effective and efficient at saving time and inspiring thinking for better decision-making. Using analytical tools to create a visual display of information saves valuable time during the due [...]

Step Five for Assessing M&A Business Opportunities

Step 5. Determine the Existing Scope of Intellectual Asset Protection.    To complete this step the future entity’s management team must examine the scope of technical know-how, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and existing licenses. Each assessment requires expert opinion and is described in very general terms below: Technical know-how. The scope of [...]

Relationship Between Type of IP Protection and Business

Intellectual Property Use Matrix Tying these forms of intellectual property and intellectual assets to business needs and activities are shown in the “Intellectual Property Use Matrix” figure. In this figure the four main business silos of executive and strategic management, manufacturing, operations, and financial are shown along with the typical ways in which [...]

Brief Definition / Description of Copyrights

Unlike patents and trademarks, copyrights are much less complex when it comes to defining the scope of what will be protected. Copyright applies as soon as a work product is reduced to a fixed form, and so there is no risk of loss of copyrights or inadvertent disclosure or use by another party. [...]

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