An important day for the Kansas City area is almost here. On Monday, Nov. 12, a major weeklong conference begins — dedicated to supporting and celebrating innovative people who launch startup businesses — Global Entrepreneurship Week. As a regional law firm dedicated to protecting the intellectual property — inventions, brands, trade secrets, processes and creative works — of our entrepreneur and inventor clients, we at Hovey Williams LLP in Overland Park, Kansas, embrace this opportunity.
Starting a new company with a great new idea can be exciting, but there needs to be some clear boundaries if the founder is jumping from a job as an employee in the same field. While the idea may be a good one with lots of promise, many employees sign Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreements. This could mean that an idea created or developed while working for someone else is owned by that employer, even if the employee created the idea during off hours at home.
We are proud to announce that Hovey Williams partner Cheryl L. Burbach will present on the topic “Do You Own Your Intellectual Property?” at the 2nd Annual IMA Kansas City Fall Conference on Friday, October 26. Her presentation will include important information on these topics:
There are many reasons Kansas and Missouri residents may need support regarding intellectual property concerns, such as copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Intellectual property litigation is an area of law that has evolved alongside developments in technology and global commerce. Some property assets may even be 'ideas,' and problems can arise if disagreements occur regarding who owns a particular idea or whether someone's use of the idea infringes on another party's rights.
Progress in technology creates entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of commerce. Entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives may even base their commercial success on innovations brought about by advanced technology. As the world of business has expanded along with technological advancements, so too have disputes about technological intellectual property become more complex, both in and out of the courtroom.
As a business owner, inventor or creative artist in Kansas and Missouri (or elsewhere) it can be quite challenging to keep up with current marketing trends as well as intellectual property laws and other issues that may impact a product, idea or business plan. In the highly competitive business world, it's crucial to protect trade secrets, brand names, logos and client information as it is to protect a warehouse full of inventory. Those who fail to do so may run into infringement problems, which could lead to intellectual property litigation.
A cease and desist notice, frequently in the form of a letter, warns the addressee of illegal behavior that must be stopped to avoid further penalties. A cease and desist letter does not carry much legal bearing. Instead, it establishes offender notification should further legal action be necessary.