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Articles by Susan Perng Pan


The Role of IP When Growing Your Business by Going Overseas (12/1/2015)
Whether attracted by the lure of new market potential or reduced production costs, American businesses of all sizes have considered expansion overseas, especially in China. For businesses that rely upon brand recognition, that have know-how or technical advances, or that have a product with a unique appearance, intellectual property is a must to keep copycats and competitors in check

The Role of IP When Growing Your Business by Going Overseas (11/1/2013)
Whether attracted by the lure of new market potential or reduced production costs, American businesses of all sizes have considered expansion overseas, especially in China. For businesses that rely upon brand recognition, that have know-how or technical advances, or that have a product with a unique appearance, intellectual property is a must to keep copycats and competitors in check

4 Common Patenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
As is commonly known, patent rights confer a limited monopoly. It affords the patent holder the exclusive right to make, use, sell or offer for sale any patented toy for a period of 20 years from the earliest filing date of the patent

4 Common Patenting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (7/1/2012)
As is commonly known, patent rights confer a limited monopoly. It affords the patent holder the exclusive right to make, use, sell or offer for sale any patented toy for a period of 20 years from the earliest filing date of the patent

America Invents Act: Challenging Patents, Post Grant Review, and More (4/1/2012)
The next wave of the newest patent laws (America Invents Act (“AIA”)) rolls into effect September 16, 2012. In preparation, the USPTO recently announced proposed rules for implementation. The proposals bring a mix of good news and bad news.

Requirements and Caveats of the AIA's "Prior User Rights" (1/1/2012)
Many new AIA provisions will be phased in over the next fifteen months, and implementation details are currently under study to make the transitions go as smoothly as possible

America Invents Act of 2011: Considerations for the Toy and Game Industry (10/1/2011)
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith Act and enacted the most significant change to the U.S. patent laws in almost 60 years

Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part 3 (6/1/2010)
Sometimes, rights to exclusivity are simple to enforce. In a straightforward case, an infringer may simply not be aware of the patent.

Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part 2 (5/1/2010)
Regardless of a toy’s path, strategic use of the patent system can help toy companies of any niche and size.

To Litigate or Not to Litigate? (5/1/2010)
In the June issue of TDmonthly Magazine, attorney Susan Pan wraps up a three-part series on patents in the toy and game industry, helping manufacturers determine the value of patent damages

Patents in the Toy and Game Industry: Part I (4/1/2010)
The commercial success of iconic toys and today’s hottest-selling electronic games is helped or hindered by intellectual property (IP). In the United States, IP rights include trademarks, copyrights and patents. Each has an appropriate role in protecting toymakers from unscrupulous imitators.

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