Intellectual Property Law

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A form of secondary liability for direct infringement of a patent, copyright, or trademark. A means by which a person may be held liable for infringement even though he or she did not actually engage in infringing activities.

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The unauthorized exercise of one of the exclusive rights granted to the owner of a patent, copyright or trademark.

In patent, direct infringement occurs when a person without authorization makes, uses, offers to sell or sells any patented...

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Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the United States Constitution grants Congress the enumerated power "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their...

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Trademark law protects a trademark owner's exclusive right to use a trademark when use of the mark by another would be likely to cause consumer confusion as to the source or origin of goods. Trademark law is a federal issue, and as such, the...

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The law of unfair competition is primarily comprised of torts that cause economic injury to a business through a deceptive or wrongful business practice. Unfair competition can be broken down into two broad categories:

unfair...
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Vicarious infringement is a form of secondary liability for direct infringement based on the common law principle of respondeat superior.

A person may be held liable for the infringing acts committed by another if he or she had the...