There are many situations where corporations and individuals need to be able to provide IP to third parties, including licensing negotiations, joint ventures, joint development efforts and supply arrangements. Negotiating a confidentiality agreement, or a confidentiality provision for a larger agreement, is in many cases absolutely necessary to preserve trade secret rights and know-how. But confidentiality agreements carry risks for both sides, and often bring unintended consequences. Enforcement is an issue, as is the need for actively monitoring potential violations. Where disclosed confidential information ends up in someone else’s patent applications, the USPTO’s new charter to conduct derivation actions under the AIA present yet another means to rectify a problem.
Join us as we delve into the theory and legal implications of these and other issues:
Presenters: MBHB partners Grantland G. Drutchas and James L. Lovsin
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