Should We Routinely Sign Confidentiality Agreements?

Short answer “NO”. As with any legal document, have your attorney look over each and every Confidentiality Agreement before you let anyone sign it. If a Confidentiality Agreement is presented as a surprise when you enter someone’s facility for a planned meeting, end the meeting immediately. Better to postpone or cancel the meeting than to […]
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Can a Small Company Really Enforce its Patents?

The short answer is “typically yes”, with a number of assumptions and caveats. Most companies take reasonable precautions to avoid infringing patents because the business risks of being found liable for patent infringement are typically not acceptable. In many cases, ownership of patent rights tilts the business aspects of technology in favor of the patent […]
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Why do the U.S. and other countries have patent systems?

The primary purpose of a patent system in any country is to encourage technical innovations. Patents essentially grant government-blessed monopolies on new technology for limited times, varying between 10 years and 20 years. The expectation is that the monopoly will encourage inventors and their employers to invest in new technology. There is also the expectation […]
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Welcome to Northwind Law Blog

Welcome to The Northwind Law Blog. We invite a serious and spirited discussion here on legal topics of current interest and in these specific categories: Patents Trademarks Copyright Licensing Right to Practice Confidentiality Agreements Balancing Value Versus Cost When should I contact the attorney? To choose a topic, select from the Categories on the right. […]
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