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Outsourced Manufacturing and Trade Secrets: Internal Controls (Part 4)

Outsourced Manufacturing and Trade Secrets: Internal Controls by David L. CohenWhen a company, for the soundest of business reasons, is exploring placing its crown jewels, its intellectual assets, in the hands of a third party, proper internal controls are vital.

A company’s internal controls may help to ensure proper:

  • Vetting and selection of the prospective manufacturer during the due diligence process.
  • Negotiation of the outsourced manufacturing relationship.
  • Management of the outsourced manufacturing transaction and relationship with the manufacturer.

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Outsourced Manufacturing and Trade Secrets: Outsourced Manufacturing (Part 2)

Outsourced Manufacturing and Trade Secrets: Outsourced Manufacturing by David L. Cohen

There are two common categories of outsourced manufacturing: toll manufacturing and contract manufacturing. While both these manufacturing options have distinct and clear characteristics, their strategic advantage is their ability to provide customers with valuable ways to save both time and capital on their product line development. Read more

Outsourced Manufacturing and Trade Secrets: An Economic Overview (Part 1)

Since the beginning of the industrial age, companies have outsourced part of the manufacturing process to third-party providers. In the twentieth century, as manufacturing processes became more complex and distribution more global, this trend accelerated.

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Smallest Saleable Patent Practicing Unit (SSPPU) – Another Court Affirms the Obvious

In the topsy-turvy world of Standard Essential Patent (SEP) litigation, a court acknowledging the obvious often counts as news. Thus, when Judge Gilstrap in EDTX noted the other day in an order before trial (Doc 376) that the ETSI IPR policy does not require royalties being calculated on use by the smallest saleable patent practicing unit (SSPPU) as the base, it generated breathless headlines (Bloomberg).

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Trade Secret Theft in China

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By David Cohen & Donal O’Connell

The headlines:

“China national charged with stealing trade secrets” – U.S. Justice Department

“Chinese battery expert is charged with stealing trade secrets from US employer, as he prepared to join mainland firm” – South China Morning Post

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Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Robert Colao

Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Robert Colao by David L. CohenOver the course of my 20+ years practicing law, I have had the honor of working with many individuals who are involved at the cutting edge of all aspects of intellectual property. I consider myself very lucky that most of these folks, in addition to being luminaries in the industry, are good people and have welcomed me into their professional world with open arms. To celebrate these individuals, I am inaugurating a series of interviews.

My next interviewee, Robert Colao, is the founder and President of radiusIP®, Inc.  He is currently also the Chief Licensing Executive for SIPCO, LLC and IP Co, LLC, and is responsible for the overall licensing efforts and business aspects of the ESSENTIAL WIRELESS MESH™ portfolio/licensing program. Read more

Patent Demand Letters – Escalation or Litigation (Part 5)

Patent Disputes Part 2 - Escalation or Litigation by David L. CohenIf the patent demand letter situation escalates and you may be sued for infringement, you have options to consider.

  1. Consider filing a lawsuit for declaratory judgment (DJ).

In certain cases you may file a lawsuit against a patent owner for declaration that you are not infringing on any valid patents. Knowing the patent owner’s litigation history is crucial when considering this option. Read more

Patent Demand Letters – Response Tactics (Part 4)

Patent Demand Letter Response Tactics by David L. CohenIf you receive a patent demand letter, you can choose from many courses of action, but each has pros and cons. Today we will discuss some immediate considerations to consider.

  1. Doing nothing is an option, but a risky one.

Pro: Some patent owners are not committed to actually filing lawsuits. They cast a wide net with lots of demand letters, knowing some recipients will pay nominal amounts to make it go away. If you ignore it, there’s a chance there will be no serious follow-up.

Con: Ignoring a patent demand letter may lead the patent owner to file a lawsuit to get your attention. Read more

Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Eric Stasik

Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Eric Stasik by David L. CohenI first met Eric Stasik some 5 years ago when I was at Vringo. When we first met, it took no more than 10 minutes to appreciate how lucky I was to have him on my team. Eric has an uncanny ability to, very quickly, see through can’t and cut to the core issues at hand. More importantly, he finds solutions. Eric gets stuff done quickly, effectively, and cost efficiently.  Having seen him at work in the years since, my appreciation of Eric and what he brings to the table has only deepened.

Eric currently provides assistance and guidance to firms engaged in commercial patent license negotiations through his consultancy, Avvika AB.  I am honored he agreed to this interview.
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When Vringo Met China’s NDRC

When Vringo Met China's NDRC by David L. CohenIntellectual Asset Management Magazine (IAM) today published a short excerpt of my and Doug Clark’s forthcoming, longer piece on China’s anti-monopoly law (AML) and how it has been applied to standard essential patents (SEPs).   The published excerpt concerns China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) investigation of Vringo undertaken at the behest of ZTE.  The piece focuses on two hair-raising meetings I had with NDRC officials in Beijing where all manner of explicit and implicit threats to my life, liberty, and property were made.  Read more