Intellectual Property

When planning to acquire a small business, the due diligence process becomes a critical stage that ensures a smooth transition and mitigates potential risks. This involves thorough research and analysis to evaluate the financial, legal, and operational aspects of the business you intend to buy.  For success in acquiring a small business, prioritize legal due diligence. Engaging an experienced business

OpenAI’s Removal of Altman Results in Major Shift of Players Move to MicrosoftAfter a whirlwind of activity at the highest levels of OpenAI over the weekend, the dust has finally settled, with the AI developer seeing the removal of co-founder and CEO Sam Altman, the loss of co-founder and President Greg Brockman, and the announcement of not one but two

Defending Against Photograph Copyright Troll Infringement CasesIn February 2022, I published a tongue-in-cheek, parody post about how to be a copyright troll entitled, Copyright Troll Step-By-Step Guide: How to Make Thousands as a Hobbyist Photographer. What follows is an equally step-by-step guide to defending against these kinds of cases. Identifying Photograph Copyright TrollsGenerally, these cases begin with a demand

Indemnity in Supply ContractsPurchasers and distributors of products and software usually expect some form of protection against intellectual property infringement claims. This protection can flow from either the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) or contract. This article addresses some of the common issues that arise when intellectual property infringement protection flows from either the UCC or contract. UCC Default Intellectual Property

Things to Know Before Enforcing Business Method PatentsBefore you decide to enforce your patent rights, you need to understand why relying on the presumption of validity is no longer enough to avoid having your case dismissed and potentially even being sanctioned for filing a frivolous lawsuit. A Business Method Patent Carries Presumption of ValiditySo, what are we talking about when

Most Common Trends in Trademark Roadblocks to RegistrationAs preferences (and philosophies) ebb and flow at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), treatment of federal trademark applications can start to follow certain patterns or trends. In some years, the overall approach of the USPTO appears to be more lenient, allowing most applications to proceed to registration without the need

Understanding copyright and the process of registration is vital for creators and business owners alike. Copyright law can be complex, but we’ll break it down in a way that’s simple and easy to understand. Let’s explore what copyright is, the registration process, common myths surrounding this process, and the additional damages that a copyright owner may claim in infringement actions.

Robert Plotkin
Blueshift IP co-founder and software patent expert Robert Plotkin recently published an article on IPWatchdog providing guidance to executives on when to consider patenting AI systems and their output versus when to consider keeping such innovations trade secrets.
Using the parable of the goose and the golden egg, Robert lays out the multiple options to protecting AI-related intellectual