Intellectual Property + Technology

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Overview

Robinson+Cole's Intellectual Property + Technology Law Practice Group represents a broad range of clients in legal matters reflective of all stages of the life cycle of a company, from concept to market, from sale of companies to facilitating strategic acquisitions, to enforcing and defending intellectual property against and from third parties. Starting with an understanding of the value of your technology and intangible assets, our analyses bring a combination of our depth of experience handling intellectual property together with antitrust, tax, products liability, employment, export/import and trade regulation disciplines to your matters. With our experience assisting clients across a range of industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, technology, consumer products, and food and beverage, we offer imaginative solutions to help you fully capitalize on the possibilities and practicalities of developing and protecting your intellectual property.

Our Services

Our practice provides:

  • Intellectual property counseling and protection, including assistance with trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets and related rights such as rights of publicity
  • Guidance in negotiating and documenting intellectual property transactions, such as licensing, service and development arrangements, and acquisitions
  • Litigation and dispute resolution related to intellectual property including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and more 

Our Team

Through our interdisciplinary practice and network of international contacts, Robinson+Cole’s experienced IP+T attorneys provide global representation to our clients. Our goal is to add value to our clients' business operations by providing sophisticated, strategic legal counsel that is timely, efficient, and practical, helping them achieve their goals through a comprehensive approach to the management of their intellectual property assets. In listening to our clients’ objectives, we develop a deep understanding of our clients' industries and technologies to help them anticipate and mitigate their exposure to business risk. The lawyers on our team have decades of experience successfully helping companies protect their intellectual property, domestically and worldwide. Our team includes individuals who teach intellectual property law at the university level, and who have been recognized as being among The Best Lawyers in America for their work in trademark, copyright, and information technology law. Our attorneys are sought after guest speakers, who have given presentations nationwide on a variety of intellectual property subjects.

Trademarks

The scope of our brand protection practice includes a wide variety of companies, ranging from the food and beverage industry, manufacturers, retailers and service providers, to software companies and health care providers. Our large network of international contacts and law firms allows us to assist our clients with protection of their brands, not only in the United States but internationally as well. We work to protect and defend our clients’ most valuable assets - their brands - at all stages, from conception and manufacturing to marketing and sales. Our lawyers help build brand value through appropriate protection and use of trademarks. We build licensing and distribution strategies and agreements to optimize the value of a client’s brand. We offer consultation services to assist in determining where a brand needs to be protected, including state, federal, and international protections. Once a client is ready to take a brand to market, we ensure that they are compliant with packaging and advertising rules and regulations. We provide watch services to assist in policing and enforcing our clients’ rights in a brand, and when necessary, we assist with litigation.

Copyrights

In the digital age, copyright law involves more than just protecting creative works of art by authors, photographers, and artists. Computer software, advertising materials, website design, and online security measures are all issues many businesses face in the digital media landscape, and all are impacted by copyright. For those businesses, obtaining and enforcing copyrights is an essential component of their intellectual property strategy and competitive advantage. Companies faced with claims of copyright infringement need to be prepared to act quickly to avoid serious liability. With a wealth of experience and legal skills, Robinson+Cole’s Intellectual Property + Technology lawyers are prepared to assist clients with managing complex issues under federal copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Examples of our services include:

  • Advice on your rights and how to protect your works based on copyright law
  • Filing and registering works and expedited applications with the Copyright Office
  • Preparing and recording copyright changes in ownership and security interests
  • Providing opinions on ability to register and protect copyrights, fair use, infringement, and ownership
  • Creating copyright policies to help protect and transfer rights in works from employee and independent contractors to R+C clients
  • Copyright enforcement and licensing, to ensure control of production, distribution, and sale of work
  • Active monitoring of unauthorized use
  • Assisting with strategies to monetize copyrighted material through license transactions
  • Copyright litigation, both prosecution and defense 

Trade Secrets

Our Intellectual Property + Technology lawyers understand that for businesses to secure or maintain a competitive business advantage, their trade secrets must remain confidential. Trade secrets can involve key financial, technical, client, or business information, whether it is a new confidential manufacturing process, a secret formula, a restaurant chain’s recipe for a signature dessert, or computer technology. Like patents, trade secrets are property, and can be licensed or transferred. Proprietary information can be exposed by former employees, third parties given access, corporate espionage, or following the dissolution of a venture. Thieves also can target companies’ critical information through computer hacking. We advise on the establishment of trade secret programs and non-disclosure agreements, and counsel clients on how to best protect their trade secrets. For victims of trade secret theft, we pursue restraining orders, injunctions, and when needed, litigation to protect information and enforce their rights in court, securing relief or damages. We also defend employees who have been accused of misappropriating trade secrets. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of all relevant civil and criminal laws, including the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Economic Espionage Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Patents

Our Intellectual Property + Technology lawyers have worked interactively with clients to prepare and successfully prosecute patent applications across a wide-variety of technologies and in many jurisdictions world-wide. We advise our clients on strategic management and growth of patent portfolios, working directly with researchers, scientists, and in-house counsel to evaluate emerging technologies, identify patentable subject matter, and pursue creative strategies to secure broad and enforceable patent protection. We have extensive experience practicing and litigating before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, both in prosecuting successful appeals of patent application rejections and in adversary proceedings. Our experience in patent litigation and licensing helps us assist our clients in growing a patent portfolio that will best serve their strategic and competitive business interests.  

IP&T Transactions

Our goal is to help our clients manage and grow their valuable intellectual property and technology assets to maximum benefit. To that end, we assist with the analysis, transfer, and licensing of intellectual property and technology assets for purposes of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financing agreements, and licensing and joint ownership agreements. Our lawyers also regularly advise on maintenance of confidentiality, intellectual property ownership rights, research and development constructs involving intellectual property and distribution and supply arrangements.

Licensing and Agreements

We advise clients on all aspects of:

  • co-branding and brand licensing, including intellectual property controls, usage limitations, guaranteed revenue and royalty streams, and product liability risk allocation
  • business strategy and contingency planning
  • distribution and manufacturing agreements, which help to safeguard who is manufacturing and distributing your products
  • licensing agreements, which allow clients to permit others to use their intellectual property, but also maintain ownership and control
  • co-packer agreements, which govern how a third party will manufacture and package products
  • supply-chain agreements, which allow control of the movement and storage of products through commerce
  • licensing of products and brands in television programs, video games, and feature films

Research and Development

Research is a critical component of the strategic vision and goals of companies in the health care industry. Robinson+Cole's lawyers work collaboratively with sponsors, clinical research organizations, sites, and investigators to ensure that our clients are protected without harm to either the speed to trial commencement or the overall relationship.

We can assist with navigating ethical and regulatory complexities associated with research activities as well as with the heightened concerns raised by certain subject groups, such as children. Our lawyers have strong experience assisting with agreements related to clinical trials, and we provide advice on all legal issues that arise in the clinical trial setting, including:

  • nondisclosure agreements
  • material transfer agreements
  • clinical trial agreements and related informed consent and HIPAA authorization forms
  • multiparty collaborative research agreements
  • intellectual property management arrangements and policies that go hand-in-hand with a strong research program
  • establishing and operating institutional review boards
  • compliance with government regulations
  • funding of clinical research
  • guidance relating to sponsor interactions with providers

Many of our clients also turn to us for assistance with the exploitation of results stemming from their research efforts. We implement commercialization arrangements, including licenses and invention administration agreements. We also assist with the implementation of consulting arrangements in which a consultant is engaged to assist with aspects of the research or exploitation of developments.

Intellectual Property Litigation

For many businesses, intellectual property is their most significant asset - and their greatest vulnerability. The expense associated with complex intellectual property litigation has the potential to cripple businesses and can dissuade companies from protecting their investments. At Robinson+Cole, the Intellectual Property Litigation Team works closely with the Intellectual Property + Technology Team to understand the science and technology behind our clients' business operations, enabling us to develop a litigation strategy rooted in our clients' business goals.

Our clients’ business goals and protection of assets are our top priorities. We analyze the pros and cons of each case, seeking the most cost-effective and efficient strategies to come to a fair and satisfactory outcome. Our experience helps us to reduce uncertainty by objectively evaluating cases early in the process. That experience includes representing major corporations in intellectual property litigation hotbeds, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California, as well as in local matters in the state and federal courts. We represent clients in diverse industries in disputes concerning the following:

  • patent infringement
  • trademark infringement
  • copyright infringement
  • trade secret misappropriation
  • e-commerce and privacy
  • computer fraud and abuse
  • licensing, royalty, and development
  • unfair trade practice cases 

We pride ourselves on helping clients navigate disputes, from pre-filing negotiations to trial if necessary. We have a record of securing positive outcomes, such as obtaining summary judgment for a client in a $6 billion patent infringement action relating to jet engine fan blade technology. Our litigation lawyers closely monitor national trends in intellectual property litigation and are frequent authors on the subject. Regardless of the scope of our representation, we are committed to providing excellent, cost-effective services to achieve the desired outcome.

Technology

Our lawyers begin with understanding the technology with which we are dealing. In this way we can offer creative and unique solutions to help our clients fully capitalize on the possibilities, potential, and practicalities of exploiting their technology. We work with our clients to devise solutions to meet their unique business needs and objectives while helping them navigate the complex regulatory environment they face. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ business needs and delivering cost-effective services, allowing them to focus on their businesses while minimizing their risks.

We have extensive experience with respect to system and business process outsourcing, systems and software acquisitions and equipment leasing arrangements, software development agreements, technology support and maintenance agreements, strategic alliances, and licensing agreements. Our Intellectual Property + Technology group lawyers work closely with the firm's e-commerce lawyers on the related issues of Internet website development and the legal issues associated with electronic commerce. We assist clients with a range of technology-related disputes and compliance matters.

Our lawyers help clients establish their Internet business operations. We assist with the documentation of all aspects of operating a store online, including terms governing site use, click-wrap and browse-wrap agreements, access agreements to secure areas of the site, end user license agreements, placement and conspicuousness of disclosures, co-branding, linking and framing agreements, keyword advertising, search optimization, and domain name disputes.

Clients also seek our advice on privacy and data security compliance policies, procedures, and training. We also represent service providers that offer analytical and other data collection and analysis products that ultimately allow companies to better predict market demand for products and to target and reach prospective customers.

We represent clients across various industries, from manufacturing to healthcare. In the healthcare information technology arena, we are experienced with electronic medical record systems implementations, health information exchange platforms, claim processing and clinical information systems, and other systems unique to the needs of our health care clients.

    • Experience
      • Counsel, prosecute, and maintain worldwide trademark and copyright portfolio consisting of over 5,000 properties for a Fortune 500 NYSE-listed company.
      • Represented a NYSE company in all intellectual property aspects of the sale of its global textile colors business and European industrial colors business to U.K. public company, including numerous licensing arrangements.

      • Represented two coinventors of patented sorting and collating technology that, by the late 1980s, had become a standard feature in all photocopiers.
      • Represented defendant in a highly publicized and frequently cited noncompetition case. Successfully shielded our client from repeated motions to prevent defendant from working for our client.
      • U.S. representation for leading aerospace company in production joint venture.
      • Representation of the U.S. subsidiary of a Scandinavian steel manufacturer in a technology joint venture with a $1 billion-plus agricultural equipment company.

      • Conducted due diligence, drafted intellectual property assignment instruments, and drafted intellectual property provisions of the asset purchase agreement for an international media company's sale of four major print and online publications in a deal valued at $70 million.
      • Drafted licensing agreements related to the use of valuable trademarks and intellectual property by a food and beverage industry company with over $75 million in annual sales.
      • Provided advice to a licensing company regarding compliance by third party licensees with licensing terms and conditions applicable to their use of certain trademarks and intellectual property on food and beverage products.
      • Advised consumer product packaging manufacturer, regarding licensing, sale, and manufacture of soft drink bottle fill and capping technology.

      • Advised a defense contractor specializing in erosion protection technologies about licensing patents and technology for epoxy resin coatings for helicopter blades for the U.S. government and private vendors.
      • Representation of Enobia Pharma, which develops therapies to treat serious genetic bone disorders for which there are no approved treatments, in multiple clinical research agreements, including licensing provisions.
      • Representation of Foster/Polymedex Discovery Group, which holds a dominant market share in vascular, visceral, and implantable contract development and manufacturing services, in renegotiation of license agreement with Genzyme.
      • Advised and assisted in negotiating transaction and drafting final agreements for a unique first-ever royalty-free license agreement between two nonprofit drug developers—the TB Alliance and Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)—that speeds progress toward markedly improved therapy of multiple neglected diseases. This agreement highlights the value of product development partnership models (PDPs) and how investment in PDPs is producing a robust and diverse pipeline of tools to treat neglected diseases afflicting populations living in abject poverty.
      • Intellectual Property Litigation

      • Obtained favorable judgment after a patent infringement trial involving automated pitching machines, which was affirmed on appeal.

      • Obtained reversal of district court’s entry of summary judgment in a  case of first impression before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals involving the requirements for a nominative fair use defense under the trademark laws.  

      • Successfully argued dozens of patent appeals, re-examinations, and inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent Office. 

      • Other Experiences

      • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. Schul International, Co., LLC et al - Patent Infringement *

      • Emseal Joint Systems, LTD. v. MM Systems Inc. – Patent Infringement *

      • Takamine Gakki Co., LTD v. KMC Music, Inc. et al - Trademark Litigation *

      • Clearwater Systems Corporation v. Clearwater Enviro Technologies Inc. - Trademark and
        Copyright Infringement proceeding*

      • David A. Potts and Geomatrix, LLC v. S-Box LLC – Patent Infringement *

      • DGG Properties Co., Inc. v. Giovanni’s II, Inc. – Trademark Infringement *

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Bottled Poetry: IP Rights Protection for Wine and Spirits," presented by Maria A. Scungio, presented at the 2022 International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property World Congress (9/12/2022)
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      "75th IPG Seminar: Panel Discussion with U.S. Trademark Experts," presented by Maria A. Scungio, hosted by JET (Japan External Trade Organization) for the Japanese-language speaking community in Japan and the U.S. (2/17/2022)
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      "Tata Consumer Products," co-presented by Kayla C. O'Leary and Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (February 2022)
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      "New Trademark and Domain Name Law Developments," presented by Maria A. Scungio, as part of the Practising Law Institute’s two-day program IP Issues in Business Transactions 2022 NY (1/4/2022)
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      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by John L. Cordani, Maria A. Scungio and Kayla C. O'Leary (Q4 2021)

      "Transformation or Derivation: Modern Trends in the Fair Use Doctrine from Software to Photography," co-authored by John L. Cordani and Kayla C. O'Leary, published in IPWatchdog. (11/17/2021)
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      "Trademark evergreening – limitations to re-filing," presented by Maria A. Scungio, presented at the 2021 AIPPI Virtual World Congress (10/18/2021)
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      "Make48 Hartford, CT," presented by John L. Cordani (10/9/2021)
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      "Nuts & Bolts of IP Law *," presented by John H. Mutchler, for the ACC of Westchester/Southern Connecticut * (10/7/2021)
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      "Global Intellectual Property Protection *," presented by John H. Mutchler, a webinar presented as part of the U.S. Commercial Service Export Week * (5/6/2021)
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      "Patent Claim Drafting: Practical Prosecution and Portfolio Strategy Workshop," presented by John L. Cordani (4/6/2021)
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      "IP+T: Intelligence Newsletter" authored by John L. Cordani (Q1 2021)

      "Intellectual Property: 2020 SCOTUS Decisions and Other Landmark Cases," presented by Kayla C. O'Leary (1/19/2021)
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      "IP Issues in Business Transactions 2021," presented by Maria A. Scungio (1/4/2021)
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      "IP+T: Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Maria A. Scungio, Brian E. Moran and John L. Cordani (Q4 2020)

      "IP+T Group Out + About" (December 2020)

      "American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting," presented by Maria A. Scungio (10/21-30/2020)
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      "Select Issues in Collaborations Among Consultants Working with Nonprofits," presented by Kathleen M. Porter, as a Hartford Foundation Consultant Collaborations Series webinar. (7/9/2020)
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      "IP + T: Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by John L. Cordani and Kayla C. O'Leary (Q2 2020)

      "Registering for Success: Strategies for Maximizing the Value of a Business’s IP," presented by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, as a panelist at the Connecticut Bar Association's moderated program. (1/21/2020)
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      "New IP Issues Impacting Business Transactions: Copyrights, Trademarks, Domain Names, Patents and Trade Secrets," presented by Maria A. Scungio, presented at the Practising Law Institute's IP Issues in Business Transactions 2020 (1/6/2020)
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      "IP + T: Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Brian E. Moran and Julianna M. Charpentier (Q4 2019)

      "Designing Around a Patent as an Alternative to a License," co-authored by Benjamin C. Jensen and Brian E. Moran, published on IPWatchdog.com (7/30/2019)
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      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Alaine C. Doolan and Brian E. Moran (Q2 2019)

      "Beware of Third-Party Solicitation Notices," authored by Alaine C. Doolan, article featured in Robinson+Cole's IP+T Intelligence Newsletter (Q2 2019)

      "Global Intellectual Property Considerations *," presented by John H. Mutchler, a webinar presented during the District Export Council Export Week *  (5/2/2019)
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      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Julianna M. Charpentier, Alaine C. Doolan and William J. Egan (Q1 2019)

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Andrew W. Monthey and James R. Nault (Q4 2018)

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Alaine C. Doolan and Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (Q3 2018)

      "Personality rights - it's all about me © TM®," presented by Maria A. Scungio, panel presentation at AIPPI 2018 Congress (Cancun) (9/25/2018)

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Alaine C. Doolan, Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Nathaniel T. Arden and Benjamin C. Jensen (Q2 2018)

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib, Nuala E. Droney and Brian E. Moran (Q1 2018)

      "IP+T Intelligence Newsletter" co-authored by Alaine C. Doolan and Brian E. Moran (Q4 2017)

      "Intellectual Property Briefing *," presented by John H. Mutchler, during the Department of Commerce Export Week * (4/27/2017)
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      "Social Media: Legal Implications," presented by Alaine C. Doolan, at a webinar sponsored by the Women's Business Development Council (3/29/2017)
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      "IP Year in Review," co-presented by Alaine C. Doolan and James R. Nault, at the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) Intellectual Property Section Meeting in New Britain, Connecticut (1/26/2017)
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      "Effective Patent Litigation Strategies in the Wake of Alice," presented by James R. Nault, to group of Connecticut IP practitioners at Annual Connecticut Bar Association Convention (6/13/2016)
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      "Exhaustion of IP Rights from an International Perspective," presented by Kathleen M. Porter, at the American Bar Association's Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Montreal (4/9/2016)
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      "Decisions You Need to Know: Key Trademark Cases from 2015," co-presented by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib and Alaine C. Doolan, at an International Trademark Association Roundtable discussion in Hartford, Connecticut (1/28/2016)
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      "Is the Federal Circuit Really “Terrified” of Reversals?" published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored by John L. Cordani and Fatima Lahnin (4/20/2015)
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      "Robinson+Cole's Education Group Launches HigherEdWire LinkedIn Group" (8/11/2014)

      "Best Practices for Privacy and Security: Protecting Valuable Information and Avoiding Liability," presented by Kathleen M. Porter, sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut (5/7/2014)
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      "The "Atomic Bomb" of Patent Law," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored by John L. Cordani and John R. Horvack, Jr. and Damian K. Gunningsmith (4/21/2014)
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      "iPads at the Firewall: Should You Permit Employee Devices into Your Network?" at American Bar Association's Business Law Section Spring Meeting, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (4/5/2013)

      "Green Guidance for Retailers: Avoiding FTC Claims of Unfair or Deceptive Marketing," published in Retail Law Strategist, co-authored by Kathleen M. Porter and Brian W. Blaesser (March 2013)
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      "Patent Reform Becomes Law: Highlights of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored by Nuala E. Droney and Andrea Donovan Napp (October/November 2012)

      "New Federal Case Will Have Practical Impact on Patent Litigation" authored by Amanda Gordon Schreiber (5/24/2012)

      "Could the Greek Gods Have Patented Fire? (Prometheus v. Mayo)," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored by John L. Cordani and John R. Horvack, Jr. (4/16/2012)
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      "Mobile Device Policies in the Workplace," at American Bar Association Business Section Spring Meeting, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (03/23/2012)

      "Supreme Court Upholds Congressional Right to Change Copyright Protection" authored by Nuala E. Droney (01/20/2012)

      "Is Your Mobile Device Communications Policy Up-to-Date?" (01/09/2012)

      "Advertising Law: NAD issues guidance for Facebook “like-gated” campaigns" (11/15/2011)

      "A Trap for the Unwary: Cross-Licensing of Intellectual Property Can Run Afoul of Sherman Act," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, authored by John L. Cordani (10/10/2011)

      "Patent Reform Becomes Law" (09/30/2011)

      "Supreme Court Upholds Rights to Inventions under Bayh-Doyle Act" (07/06/2011)

      "Higher Standard to Show Invalidity of Patent Approved" (06/27/2011)

      "Reviving the Federal Circuit’s Dead Letter Teaching, Suggestion, or Motivation Test for the Doctrine Of Equivalents," authored by John L. Cordani, published in the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. (Spring 2011)

      "Patent at Your Own Risk: Linguistic Fences and Abbott Laboratories v. Sandoz, Inc.," authored by John L. Cordani, published in the Cornell Law Review. (September 2010)

      "Court Rejects Bilski Patent Application but Leaves Door Open to Business Method Patents" (06/29/2010)

      "Patent Marking Audits: Shield Yourself From the Next Wave of Patent Troll Suits" (03/26/2010)

      "Can You Keep a Secret? Why Now Is the Time for a Trade Secrets Audit," published in Connections: Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Newsletter (2/2010)

      "What you should know about open source software," published in New England In-House, authored by Jacqueline Scheib (11/2009)
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      "What Types of Sales Tactics Are Prohibited under s. 43(a)(1)(B) of the Lanham Act," published in MCLE (2007)

      "Data Protection and Privacy --- 40 Tips in 90 Minutes," at ABA Annual Meeting 2005, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (8/05)
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      "Legal Issues Surrounding Blogs," at Roundtable for R&C Clients, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (7/05)

      "Strategies for Modifying Electronic Agreements and Policies," at ABA Business Section Spring Meeting, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (4/05)
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      presented by William T. Sellay, Speaker, "EU Enlargement and Competition Law," Manchester, UK (5/2004)

      "Browse-Wrap Agreements: Validity of Implied Assent in Electronic Form Agreements," published in Business Lawyer, authored by Kathleen M. Porter, co-author (11/03)
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      "IP: Making or Breaking the Business Deal: Practical Methods for Overcoming Obstacles," at American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, presented by William T. Sellay, program chair (8/2003)

      "A Primer on Intellectual Property," published in Journal of Gift Planning, authored by Amy Span Wergeles (6/2003)

      "E-Commerce in Connecticut: Legal and Business Issues," at National Business Institute, presented by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (2001)
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      "Marketing Products on the Internet: Managing Risks, Limiting Liabilities, and Litigating Disputes in the World of E-Commerce," at American Bar Association's National Institute Program, New York and Chicago, presented by Kathleen M. Porter (Fall 2000)
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      "Intellectual Property Issues in Marketing Products on the Internet," at the American Bar Association's National Institute, presented by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (Fall 2000)
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      "The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 and the Formation of Copyright Policy," at , authored by Jacqueline Pennino Scheib (1999)



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