by Matthew J. Maguire, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn
With the end of the year approaching, you’re probably assessing 2012 performance and planning for 2013. As you take stock of the past and set future directions, take the time to review employment agreements and policies designed to protect your intellectual property assets.
This year provided two excellent examples of the problems caused employment agreements that seemingly grant employers contractual ownership of their copyrights. In this season of gift giving, it seems fitting that the toy and game industry provides the setting for valuable lessons for employers seeking to protect intellectual property.
Call of Duty: Call the lawyers
2012 saw the settlement of high-stakes litigation between the creators of the highly successful “Call of Duty” video game franchise and Activision, the game’s manufacturer. Activision employed the game’s creators, Jason West and Vince Za...(register to read more)
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