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Protecting Innovation - Best Practices

November 5, 2015

Innovation is the life blood of companies in a variety of sectors, from software and life sciences to financial services.  These companies need a strong, cohesive and well developed strategic plan to protect these key assets.  The plan must protect key developments from existing competitors as well as future competition by former employees.  Learn about best practices to protect your company at a joint presentation by intellectual property attorneys Susan G. L. Glovsky and Lawrence P. Cogswell of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds and employment attorneys Mark H. Burak and Neil V. McKittrick of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. 

This program will cover a variety of key issues, and include take-away tools and resources related to:

  • Protecting IP, starting at the hiring process
  • Creating an overall IP protection protocol
  • Recognizing and documenting employee innovation
  • Using trade secrets and patents to protect innovation
  • Retaining IP assets after an employee's departure
  • Adopting, using, and protecting trademarks
  • Avoiding liability to third parties for infringement or theft of IP