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How Can Litigation Be Used to Protect Intellectual Property?

Posted on June 12, 2024

Naperville, IL business law attorney

Intellectual property (IP) is a critical asset for many businesses, safeguarding the unique creations, inventions, and branding that distinguish a company in the marketplace. When these valuable assets are threatened or misused, litigation can be a powerful tool to protect them. An experienced business law attorney can help business owners determine the best steps to take to protect their rights and resolve disputes effectively. Types of Intellectual Property Business owners may need to take steps to address infringements on their rights when intellectual property is stolen, copied, or otherwise violated. […]

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How Should Intellectual Property Be Addressed in an Illinois Estate Plan?

Posted on April 18, 2024

Naperville, IL estate planning lawyer

Intellectual property (IP) can sometimes be overlooked during the estate planning process. However, these assets can be among the most valuable parts of an estate. Authors, artists, inventors, or entrepreneurs who own intellectual property will need to understand the value of these assets, the steps that may be taken to protect their family’s financial interests, and the best options for addressing these concerns in an estate plan. By doing so, a person can ensure that his assets will be managed according to his wishes both during his lifetime and after […]

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Why Business Transactions Should Include Non-Disclosure Agreements

Posted on December 20, 2023

In fast-paced and competitive business environments, protecting confidential information is crucial. One effective way to safeguard sensitive data during business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions is through the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). These legal agreements establish a framework of trust and confidentiality between parties involved in a transaction, preventing unauthorized disclosure or use of valuable information. An experienced attorney can ensure that the parties to a transaction fully understand how non-disclosure agreements will affect them while also ensuring that the terms of an NDA will provide the necessary […]

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Protecting Your Ownership of Employee-Created Intellectual Property

Posted on September 8, 2013

An employer might assume that any intellectual property created by an employee in connection with the employee’s job duties will automatically become the exclusive property of the employer. However, without taking the necessary measures to ensure this, that assumption could prove incorrect. Employee Inventions Where There Is NO Enforceable Assignment-of-Inventions Agreement. Often, in the absence of an assignment-of-inventions agreement, an employee presumptively owns any inventions that he or she creates that are entitled to protection under applicable trade-secret or patent law. This means that the employer may have no ownership […]

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