Legal

How Lenovo Navigates The Patent Gauntlet

Unlike in the real property business, intellectual property licensing offers little transparency in pricing, no independent appraisal of the assets, rarely any information on what others have paid, and few if any ground rules.

Legal Steps To Assure Brand Protection

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Click here for part 1. Despite all best efforts, brands are imitated which is why taking the...

Innovator Brand Protection: Key Steps To Promote And Protect Your Brand

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Click here for part 2. When the first iPhone launched in 2007, many prominent tech CEOs and...

Using Trade Secret Protection to Build Shareholder Value

Many companies fail to capture the trade secrets in their own organizations, but by deliberately identifying and protecting them, companies can increase profits and shareholder value.

The Good and the Bad of the Supreme Court’s Landmark Patent Ruling

Executives at some of America's biggest tech companies and retailers are breathing a sigh of relief, while many in the pharmaceutical sector aren't happy. The...

A New Way for Product Makers to Overcome Patent Roadblocks

Patent pools allow licensors to reach more customers with less intellectual property risk, and allow licensees to speed new products to market by giving them access to more patents without a lot of time-consuming, one-off negotiations.

4 Ways to Protect Your Company from the Legal Risks of 3D Printing

While 3D printing technology can bring tremendous benefits to manufacturers, it also comes with a myriad of legal risks. From the sharing of CAD files to potential liabilities for products manufactured by third party printers, there are many legal issues that have yet to be resolved in the courts.

5 Reasons Your Company Needs a Patent Strategy

The patent system has gotten a pretty poor reputation of late, especially among businesses that have been targeted by patent trolls hoping to extort a quick settlement from them. But CEOs and other senior executives should remember that even if the occasional troll can game the system to extort an innocent business, patents themselves—and a strategy for how to employ them to achieve critical business objectives—are often essential to a company’s success.

Why Tesla and Toyota’s Patent-Sharing Strategies Are Not for Everyone

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda at least have agreed on one way to achieve their widely varying visions of the future of the automobile: open up their patents on the technologies they’re promoting in the hopes of encouraging other automakers to contribute their own efforts in that area and create a critical mass of technology adoption and development that will push the company’s choice of future power trains across the finish line first.

How to Find the Right General Counsel Candidate for Your Executive Team – Part...

If you are contemplating a GC hire—whether for the first time, your current GC is leaving, or you are a new CEO building out your team—considering the following points during the hiring process will help provide the best outcome.
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Five Tips For When You’re Ready To Sell Your Company

Founder-CEOs might have a hard time letting go of their baby, but when it’s time to sell, it’s time. Here are five tips on selling your company.

Sonnenfeld: PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi Did It Her Way

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi plans to step aside in October, leaving an impressive legacy at the beverage giant—not only in terms of performance, but in terms of corporate culture.

When Politics And Business Clash

When it comes to dealing with customers divided along ideological lines, there aren’t any simple choices.

Elon Musk Goes To Charm School

Wall Street thought Elon Musk was apologizing. He was letting them know he’s been studying for the next chapter of his incredible journey.