Who Owns Your IP?

Posted in Intellectual Property

Navigating IP Ownership Issues that May Otherwise Delay, Devalue, or Derail Funding and Exits

Many emerging tech companies focus only on the defensive nature of intellectual property – namely, deterring competitors from stealing technological innovations or copying creative branding. While these protections are important, it can be understandably difficult to justify the associated costs when you are still in the process of commercializing a product or service. So why not worry about IP later? Because in doing so, you may miss out on the opportunity to leverage an asset known to increase company valuation, attract funding, and position your company for the next level or potential exit.

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Could Blockchain Disrupt How We Protect Our Intellectual Property?

Posted in Blockchain Technology Task Force, Intellectual Property, USPTO

Everybody is talking about blockchain as a disrupter in the banking and finance industries, but this emerging technology also has potential application for intellectual property (IP) protection. Blockchain creates the potential for an “open, distributed ledger” that permits the secure transfer and recordation of information and data, including digital assets, without the need for middlemen. Once recorded, the data in any given “block” cannot be changed retroactively, except in certain circumstances involving the modification of all subsequent blocks and the consent of a network majority. These features make blockchain interesting for digital currencies. Additionally, blockchain presents other benefits for trademark, copyright and patent protection, as well as IP licensing. Below are a few uses that are currently being explored.

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Technology’s Legal Road to the 2018 Winter Olympics – and Beyond

Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Drones, Intellectual Property, Technology, Wearable Technology

In our Feb. 9th blog post, we highlighted some of the amazing technology being used at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. While awe-inspiring, the use of these technologies can give rise to legal challenges that may need consideration.

AI, Robots and Drones – Oh My!

Artificial intelligence (AI) abounds at this year’s Winter Olympics, particularly in the form of robots and drones. South Korea has one of the highest concentrations of industrial robots in the world, so it’s no surprise that this Olympic host country is using 85 very different AI-enabled robots to do everything from greeting travelers and providing multilingual information on schedules, transport, and attractions, to carrying the Olympic torch. As part of the entertainment at the games, robots even competed in their own Olympic ski challenge this week. Drones are also taking center stage with elaborate light shows and filming techniques.

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Technology Takes the Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea

Posted in Drones, Technology, Wearable Technology

Athletes are not the only ones competing at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. Spectators will encounter a number of competing technologies. From robot greeters and drones that improve the spectator experience, to smart helmets and tech suits to help Olympians, technology is the hidden star of the Winter Olympics. Below is a round-up of some of the leading-edge technology being used at the games.

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Will Patent Sharing Organizations Boost Blockchain Innovation?

Posted in Blockchain Technology Task Force, Patent

Companies across many different industries are starting to look toward blockchain technology as a way to conduct business more effectively, efficiently, and securely. As a result, there are new blockchain technology startups and strategic partnerships being established at break-neck speed. And, like any burgeoning industry, there seem to be new innovations introduced almost every day.

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The Five Characteristics of a Successful Tech Venture

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Patent, Start-up, Technology

November was National Entrepreneurship Month in celebration of the country’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  As we close this important awareness month, we reflected on what it takes to be a successful tech venture, and we note some of the top traits and criteria in this blog post.

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Greenberg Traurig’s Nataliya Rymer Presents Immigration Workshop at Northwestern University’s The Garage

Posted in Events

On Nov. 9, Nataliya Rymer (Of Counsel, Philadelphia) presented an immigration workshop at The Garage at Northwestern University. The workshop focused on immigration law issues including non-immigrant and immigrant visa options and DACA, and discussed challenges and opportunities for international students, faculty, and staff looking to start or run a business in the United States.

Starting in 2015, GT’s Emerging Technology Group has worked with Northwestern University’s The Garage to serve as advisors and mentors for its educational space. The Garage is Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing together a cross-disciplinary community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who share a passion for building new ideas.

In Honor of National Entrepreneur Day…

Posted in Entrepreneurship

Nov. 21 is National Entrepreneur Day! In honor of this day that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, here are some recent Insights from our inventive team:

3 Patents Prepared and Prosecuted by Greenberg Traurig Receive 2017 BPLA Invented Here! Honor

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patent

Each year, the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) Invented Here! award celebrates local and regional New England innovation communities by honoring select innovators, their inventions, and the stories behind them. Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Intellectual Property (IP) Group is proud to have four of its clients – GRIT, LuxCath LLC, The George Washington University, and IlluminOss Medical, Inc. – recognized in 2017 for their patented innovations. These clients were honored for three patents prepared and prosecuted by Greenberg Traurig. They are among only 12 patents honored that were selected from over 50 nominations.

The Greenberg Traurig clients were selected for the following patents:

  • Wheelchair with Lever Drivetrain” (US Patent No. 8,844,959), assigned to Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT); represented by Chinh H. Pham. GRIT’s Freedom Chair is an all-terrain wheelchair designed by a world-class team of MIT engineers. Part mountain bike, part wheelchair, the Freedom Chair opens up a new world of exploration for those with disabilities. The Freedom Chair maintains the primary design, converting arm power into motion by a simple lever-based, geared drivetrain. As on a bicycle, the gearing eases the strain on the muscles, allowing the rider to power through rougher terrain and up steeper hills.
  • “Systems and Methods for Visualizing Ablated Tissue” (US Patent No. 9,084,611), assigned to LuxCath LLC and The George Washington University; represented by David J. Dykeman and Roman Fayerberg. LuxCath is a medical device company that is developing catheter-based real-time tissue contact assessment, lesion visualization, and lesion gap detection technology that has many uses including oncology. This medical innovation is based on collaborative research and development with researchers and faculty at the George Washington University.       LuxCath has an exclusive license from George Washington University.
  • Apparatus for Delivery of Reinforcing Materials to Bone” (US Patent No. 9,265,549), assigned to IlluminOss Medical, Inc.; represented by Dykeman and Fayerberg. IlluminOss Medical has developed a platform, disruptive technology for the orthopedic trauma market. The technology centers around image guided, minimally invasive conforming orthopedic implants that leverage its proprietary bone stabilization technology, the “IlluminOss System”. Through the unique and proprietary combination of balloons, light activated monomers and flexible catheters, IlluminOss has created the world’s first patient conforming intramedullary implant.

Honorees were recognized as representatives of the innovation community at an awards reception, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at The Exchange Conference Center in the Seaport (Innovation) District. In addition, IlluminOss Medical and LuxCath were named two of the three Invented Here! 2017 Top Honorees. Both IlluminOss founder Robert Rabiner and LuxCath founder Omar Amirana, MD, were interviewed during the reception.

Congrats to all!

From L-R – Chinh Pham (GT), Robert Hover (GT), Ben Judge (GRIT), Omar Amirana (The George Washington University and LuxCath LLC), Robert Rabiner (IlluminOss Medical, Inc.), Jaime Burke (GT), Roman Fayerberg (GT), and David Dykeman (GT)

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