Licensed trade marks – use them or lose them

A recent case highlights some important issues for owners of registered trade marks who license the marks to third parties. In particular, the case impresses the need for owners to have and to exercise rights to monitor and control the licensee’s use of the mark. Failure to do this over a period of time can, […]

Patents for software and business methods – recent developments

New business ventures often rely upon or arise from an inventive method for doing business or a new software program, or both. The viability and value of the business may depend on whether it can prevent competitors from using or emulating that method or software. Patents provide the strongest protection for inventions, but not all […]