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Best Practices: Optimizing eLearning Content for Translation

October 23, 2018

In a global business environment, the localization of eLearning tools is essential for training new team members and future professionals. However, developing eLearning courses that successfully communicate to a wide array of learners across miles, languages, and cultures can seem daunting.

Captions, slides, image text, scripts, audio narration, subtitles, quizzes, example images, and video must all be thoughtfully delivered for each target audience without losing any of the original content’s subtleties. This requires care, Read more about: Best Practices: Optimizing eLearning Content for Translation  »

The Difference Between a Copyright and a Patent

October 3, 2018

In developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property (IP), some innovators wonder if a copyright is just as effective as getting a patent. It’s an appealing option since copyrights are less expensive and easier to obtain than patents. However, the protection copyrights offer is very different from that of patents. Usually there isn’t a choice at all — the IP itself determines the type of IP protection that is necessary. Read more about: The Difference Between a Copyright and a Patent  »

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5 Tips for PCT National Phase Filing

October 2, 2018

The PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)  is a patent law treaty that includes more than 150 contracting states. It allows an applicant to seek patent protection in multiple countries at the same time by filing a single international application.

The application can eventually lead to IP protection in each designated contracting state via national phase entry, where the international application is filed in the patent offices of each respective country and evaluated according to each country’s patent law. Read more about: 5 Tips for PCT National Phase Filing  »

Ten facts you didn’t know about the Paris Convention

September 27, 2018
1. Laying the groundwork

In 1873 the Government of the Empire of Austria-Hungary invited other countries to an international exhibition of inventions held at Vienna. However, many inventors declined to exhibit their inventions at that exhibition, due to the inadequate legal protection offered. This led to two notable developments: first, Austria passed a law, securing temporary protections for all foreigners participating in the exhibition for their inventions, trademarks and industrial designs. Second, the Congress of Vienna for Patent Reform was convened later that year. Read more about: Ten facts you didn’t know about the Paris Convention  »

Trade Secrets vs Patents: Which Approach is Right for You?

September 26, 2018

A company’s intellectual property is its number one asset. Protecting that property through patents, however, is expensive and doesn’t include certain types of content, including customer lists, which are crucial. A viable alternative is to classify intellectual property as a trade secret. The trade secret designation enjoys protection under US law and the associated costs are significantly lower.

Patents require companies to publicly disclose inventive properties. The protection they provide is also limited in time, Read more about: Trade Secrets vs Patents: Which Approach is Right for You?  »