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Internet of Things Part 3: How Your Smart Toothbrush Is An Idea Worth Protecting


Without intellectual property protection, what's yours is mine. Or at least it could be.

Companies spend time developing new products and think they are the only one creating this new item. But before they know it they see an ad for the same product that they have been working on. Can they sue? Do they sell the company? In this white paper our authors review the ambivalence that tech companies have towards intellectual property. They also discuss is software patents are dead and the trade secret alternative.



Matt Acosta

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Matt Acosta is a Partner in the Dallas, TX office of Jackson Walker L.L.P. Matt is an Intellectual Property litigator and advisor experienced in a variety of intellectual property matters. His litigation practice includes counseling clients at every stage of the trial process, including developing cost effective litigation strategies, reducing the burdens of discovery, negotiating favorable settlements, and representing clients at trial. Matt has litigated cases throughout the country, including in Illinois, Florida, Utah, Delaware, California and Texas. Matt has also practiced before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and appeared before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation. Matt has served as counsel in over seven dozen patent litigation matters involving the internet, telecommunications, consumer electronics, biomedical, and software technology fields. He has also represented clients in an array of contract, breach of warranty, banking, insurance and other complex commercial matters.

Emilio B. Nicolas

Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Emilio B. Nicolas is an experienced content and information attorney. His affluent practice includes entertainment, media, technology, and intellectual property litigation and transactional work, with a particular emphasis on copyright, trademark, right of publicity, privacy, and free speech.

When Emilio is not advocating for his clients and their intellectual property and business rights in court, he is representing and counseling his clients on their intellectual property and media rights management, clearance, compliance, and transactional matters. Emilio also serves as general outside counsel and risk manager for many of his clients, helping them identify, assess, and resolve the various legal issues facing their day-to-day businesses.

Emilio is a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of entertainment, media, and internet law. He is recognized for his successes having been named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of the ABA IP Litigation Committee, and a past Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.

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