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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

Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Donal O’Connell

Meet the IP Thought Leaders: Donal O’Connell by David L. CohenOver the course of my 20+ years practicing law, I have had the honor of working with many individuals 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. Read more

Steps to Take if You Receive a Patent Demand Letter (Part 3)

Steps to Take if You Receive a Patent Demand Letter (Part 3) by David L. Cohen

This article is the next piece of my series discussing patent demand letters. Part one, reviewed the initial considerations and steps one should make upon receiving a patent demand letter. Part two explored the subject or content of the letter — i.e., what is the sender asking for? Part three addresses evaluating the merits.

At this stage it might not be worthwhile to perform a full analysis of the letter’s claims, but it is definitely worth performing at least a high-level review.   Read more

Standard Essential Patents: What Every IP Attorney and In-house Counsel Should Know Seminar

Standard Essential Patents: What Every IP Attorney and In-house Counsel Should KnowDavid L. Cohen is thrilled to be a panelist at the Standard Essential Patents seminar for IP executives at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.

The seminar is designed for IP attorneys, licensing professionals, and technologists interested in gaining valuable insights into the why and how of SEP development and licensing. It will be taught by a renowned former jurist, a respected licensing executive, and an innovative IP strategist who will bring their perspectives to bear on this fascinating field.

Read more about the seminar and register here.

Steps to Take if You Receive a Patent Demand Letter

Steps to Take if You Receive a Patent Demand Letter by David L. CohenWhile not as prevalent as it may have been in the go-go days of the early 2000s, in certain industries in the United States, it is only a matter of time before a company will receive a patent demand or cease and desist letter. Read more

Standard Essential Patents and Antitrust Law

Standard Essential Patents and Antitrust Law by David L. CohenThis past April, I participated in a 7-person panel at the Fordham IP Institute comprised of lawyers with significant interest in the telecommunications industry. The primary focus of the discussion centered around the various issues facing Qualcomm within the context of antitrust law, as well as with a broader perspective. The discussion was timely in light of the current US trade issues with China where Qualcomm appears to be a major bargaining chip. Read more

The Importance of Trade Secret Metadata at a Trade Secret Misappropriation Court Case

The Importance of Trade Secret Metadata at a Trade Secret Misappropriation Court Case by David L. CohenContrary to popular belief — especially among business owners — trade secrets are not only found in top secret, highly-secure research labs. Rather, almost every business possesses trade secrets, regardless of whether the business is small, medium or large.

A trade secret is anything that is:

  • Not generally known or readily accessible to the relevant business circles or to the public;
  • Gives some sort of potential or actual economic benefit to its owner where the benefit derives from the fact that the thing is not generally known, and not just from the value of the thing itself; and
  • Is subject to “reasonable steps,” depending on the specific circumstances, to keep it secret.

Historically, trade secrets, if even considered, were treated as an afterthought. If there was some sort of non-disclosure agreement on file somewhere, companies were satisfied and turned their attention to patents, copyrights, and designs.

This attitude is changing for a number of reasons.

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Will the IoT Patent Wars be like the Smartphone Wars?

I believe we may be due in the next two to three years for a large-scale re-eruption of the patent wars that have been a constant presence in the telecommunications industry since at least 2005. Unlike the prior iterations of those wars, I believe these wars will not only be international, but much of their driving force will occur ex-USA.  Moreover, they will be across multiple industries. They will be much more impacted by direct government policy and will be much broader in impact than just mobile cell phones and terminals.

I believe that the playing field of this war will be the Internet of Things often abbreviated as IoT. Read more