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Welcome to first edition of AIPLA INNOVATE, a special compendium of articles written by and for AIPLA members. 

We're pleased to feature articles on a wide range of IP topics, highlighted below.  Be sure to click on "READ MORE" to view the full article.  Watch for future articles in the coming months.!

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 IP, General

IP In Augmented Reality,
Brian Wassom,
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP


Augmented reality (AR) is poised to be one of the most important media platforms of this generation. In many ways, media’s AR evolution is inevitable. The ability to depict digital data and objects as if they are present in, and interactive with, the three-dimensional physical world—the defining characteristic of AR.  READ MORE







Copyright Ownership:
A Mere Handshake Isn't Good Enough 
Peter Sawicki, Amanda Prose, and Jim Young, , Westman, Champlin and Koehler 
From time to time, a company, business owner, or a sole proprieter will need to
bring in outside help to get the job done. READ MORE

 Patent ‭[1]‬


Making 3D Printing Eco-
Friendly:  A Potential Opportunity for Patent Protection
Meggan Duffy and Dan Chavka, Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP 

The market for 3D printing continues to grow and analysts forecast that its overall economic impact will reach upwards of $100 billion by 2025.   As 3D printing becomes more commonplace, some have begun to question whether it is any more environmentally friendly than the conventional manufacturing processes it seeks to replace. READ MORE


 Patent, International

A Review of the Mexican Linkage System 
Mariana Gonzalez-Vargas,
Becerril, Coca & Becerril, SC

The main purpose of the Mexican Linkage System is to improve communication between the Mexican Patent & Trademark Office (IMPI) and the Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS), in order to prevent issuance of marketing authorizations for generic versions of patented pharmaceutical drugs. READ MORE

 Patent ‭[2]‬

Eleven Tips to Securing  
Software-Related Patent
Protection Post
Katie Bates and David Cornett, Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC
In 2014, the Supreme Court rocked the patenting world when it held that electronic escrow services for facilitating financial transactions are abstract ideas not eligible for patent protection in the United States under 35 U.S.C. § 101, even when they are implemented by a computer.    READ MORE


Specimens:  The Key to
Strong Trademark

Heather Bowen, Start Small! Think Big
In order for a mark owner to register his / her mark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on its Principal Register, a mark owner must demonstrate actual use of the trademark within the context of offerings to the public.    READ MORE