Since 1941, the Fourth of July has been a federal holiday in the United States, but the festive traditions for Independence Day go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Read more about 6 Must-Haves for Every Fourth of July Celebration[…]
12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas
The McHattie Law Firm is uniquely equipped to deal with modern businesses’ most valuable asset — its intellectual property — and to manage it with a strategic legal approach in the US. From creation to licensing to sale, we stand ready, willing and able to serve your needs, developing strategies for your opportunities and Read more about 12 Days of Intellectual Property Christmas[…]
U.S. Supreme Court Hands Samsung a Win
By Winifred E. Campbell On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics as to the damages it owes to Apple in a design patent dispute that has been in the courts for years. The ruling potentially relieves Samsung of having to pay $399 million to Apple for patent Read more about U.S. Supreme Court Hands Samsung a Win[…]
Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team
The McHattie Law Firm is extremely pleased to announce that Joseph J. DiDonato has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Mr. DiDonato, a licensed patent attorney, concentrates on matters related to intellectual property and business, providing practical legal advice that considers both business plans and the protection of products or services. Mr. DiDonato’s experience extends Read more about Welcome Joseph J. DiDonato to the McHattie Law Team[…]
Jaguar’s Exceptional Case and $2 Million in Fees
By: Winifred E. Campbell and Christie McGuinness The name’s Bond, James Bond. Those iconic words bring to mind the names Sean Connery, Pierce Bronson, Daniel Craig and of course, Jaguar. No Bond movie is complete without a phenomenal Jaguar to go along with the car chase scene. Recently, Jaguar Land Rover North America (“Jaguar”) was Read more about Jaguar’s Exceptional Case and $2 Million in Fees[…]
Keep Calm and Protect Your Intellectual Property Post ‘Brexit’
By, Clayton D. Shorrock, Esq. As we all know, on June 23, 2016, the UK, the worlds’ fifth largest economy, voted to leave the European Union. The so called “Brexit” will have major implications on intellectual property rights in the UK and throughout Europe. While the UK will not officially leave the EU for a Read more about Keep Calm and Protect Your Intellectual Property Post ‘Brexit’[…]
Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016!
Who’s going to SXSW in March? Are you an artist, a musician, an inventor, an IT guru? You are the innovators, the people who have ideas and are enthusiastic to introduce the world to who you are and what you are about. At the same time, you need to protect your creativity and to learn Read more about Road Trip: South by Southwest 2016![…]
Employment Agreements – Better Safe than Sorry!
As an employer, you will naturally want ownership over the works you pay your employees to create. However, are you aware of the difference between works created by employees and those created by independent contractors? Employee-created works are considered “works made for hire” and are presumed to be owned by the employer. On the contrary, Read more about Employment Agreements – Better Safe than Sorry![…]
The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements
Are you considering hiring independent contractors? While there are financial advantages to doing so, such as reduced payroll costs and flexibility in staffing, there are risks, particularly with regard to your business’ proprietary information. In order to avoid or minimize these risks and protect your assets, you should draw up a comprehensive independent contractor agreement Read more about The ABCs of Independent Contractor Agreements[…]
How Can I Protect My Idea Before It’s an Invention?
We are habitually asked the same question by all types of inventors: “I have an idea, but I am incapable of turning it into anything on my own. I am going to need to find help. What should I do to make sure I protect my idea?” Patent lawyers will immediately tell you that ideas Read more about How Can I Protect My Idea Before It’s an Invention?[…]