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26 Apr’19

When a Stick Becomes a Carrot: How Toyota’s Royalty-Free Patent Move Impacts The Valuation of Its IP Portfolio

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Toyota has recently announced (April 2019) that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents related to its hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) market. In the announcement, Toyota stated that its goals were to promote widespread adoption of electrified vehicles in an effort to help governments, automakers and society at large accomplish goals related to […]

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15 Apr’19

Trade Secret Damages Expert Blog: The Flexible Approach to Damages Calculation

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Trade secrets have become an increasingly important corporate asset that brings value to companies as part of their overall intellectual property (IP) strategy and portfolio. Foresight Valuation Group is an IP valuation, strategy and litigation consulting firm that specializes in assisting our clients in extracting value from their innovations, and understanding the value created by […]

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29 Mar’19

Fair Use: Friend or Foe?

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Several months back in an article discussing Brand Extendibility, I touched on a humorous exchange between In-N-Out Burger and a microbrewery regarding some obvious trademark infringement. In that case, the burger chain’s attorneys decided to approach the situation in a light hearted manner, issuing a pun-filled cease and desist notice. Earlier this month, however, the […]

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22 Mar’19

Fourth Estate v. Wallstreet: Application is not Registration and the Interpretation of “has been made”

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On March 4, 2019 the Supreme Court of the United Stated issued its decision in the Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street.com copyright infringement case. The issue before the Court related to the interpretation of title 17 U.S.C. section 411(a) which states that “no civil action for infringement of the copyright in any United States work shall […]

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