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May 27, 2011

Basics of Patenting an Invention in the United States

Although a patent is often thought of as the physical document that illustrates and describes an invention, a patent is actually a grant from the U.S. government of the right to exclude others for a limited period of time from “practicing” the invention “claimed” in the physical document. The power of the U.S. government to grant these patent rights flows from the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8. In the U.S., there are three types of patents – utility, design and plant. The utility patent is by far the most common type of patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. An application for a utility patent is a complex document that seeks to provide the inventor the broadest scope of legal protection possible.

April 28, 2011

Trade Secrets: How to Protect Your Valuable Commercial Information


Have you identified your company’s valuable “trade secrets” and taken steps to insure that they are protected? How do you identify what is a trade secret? Which laws protect trade secrets? What constitutes “misappropriation”? What defenses are available to a person or company accused of trade secret misappropriation? How are trade secrets litigated and damages calculated? Experienced litigator Walter Judge addresses these questions and questions from the audience in this valuable one-hour, recorded webinar.

April 7, 2011

Trademark Basics: Protecting Your Brand Assets


In this introductory session for established brand owners and new businesses seeking to create valuable brands, Peter Kunin discusses strategies for avoiding trademark disputes, how to use the federal trademark registration system to protect your brand, legal issues to consider when selecting a new brand and how to get the biggest bang for your legal buck.

March 22, 2011

History Sniffing

Originally published in the March 7 edition of Bloomberg Law Reports and reprinted here with permission, “History Sniffing” was written by DRM attorneys Matthew S. Borick and Walter E. Judge Jr. The article reviews recent legal developments related to the practice of displaying hidden JavaScript links to web addresses to track a visitor’s browsing history. Borick and Judge represent business clients in commercial and intellectual property litigation matters, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, computer crimes and cyberlaw.

March 2, 2011

Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims: Are You Covered?


Comprehensive general liability insurance policies purchased years ago and/or third-party policies may provide coverage not only for liability exposure resulting from intellectual property infringement claims, but also for defense costs.

January 19, 2011

‘Briefly Speaking’ Intellectual Property Law Seminar Series

This monthly IP seminar series brings legal practitioners together with business and industry leaders to share practical insights and best practices on intellectual property, law and related topics.

November 4, 2010

Four Attorneys Join Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

(BURLINGTON) Four attorneys have joined the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC as associates. Attorneys Cathleen E. Stadecker and Paul A. Smith have joined the Intellectual Property Practice Group and are based in Burlington; Lisa Fearon has joined the Regulated Entities Group and will practice in the firm’s St. Johnsbury, Vt. and Lebanon, N. H. offices; and Drew Kervick has joined the Business Law Group and is based in the firm’s Burlington Office.

September 15, 2010

US News Media Group and Best Lawyers Recognize Downs Rachlin Martin in Inaugural Ranking of Best Law Firms

(Burlington, Vt.) Fifteen practice areas within the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC are listed in the top tier of Vermont firms in the just-released, inaugural ranking of Best Law Firms, it was announced today by the U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. The results are based on client, lawyer and law firm surveys conducted by U.S. News and Best Lawyers beginning in January of this year.

March 23, 2009

Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims

In an increasingly complex commercial world, exposure to intellectual property infringement claims and the costs of defending them are common problems. The outcome of a dispute over intellectual property rights can make or break a business, particularly when the business is a start-up or technology-driven. Businesses facing such claims devote significant resources – valuable time as well as money – to defend themselves. Given the increasing prominence and complexity of such claims, it is critical to know how to manage costs and minimize exposure effectively.

October 31, 2008

DRM Expands Intellectual Property Practice Group

(Burlington, Vt.) A senior patent litigator and a recent law school graduate with experience as a professional engineer have joined the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, bringing the group’s census to 14 lawyers. Hiring of the two new attorneys was announced recently by Larry Meier, chair of the IP Practice Group at DRM.

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