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Book details
  • Genre:LAW
  • SubGenre:Business & Financial
  • Language:English
  • Pages:162
  • eBook ISBN:9781667859026

Protecting Intellectual Property

Key Legal Insights for Businesses in Iowa

by Frank Harty and Jeff Harty

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This book is for innovators, business leaders, general counsel, and private practitioners. Up-to-date legal insights and thoughtful analysis assist businesses with the complexities of intellectual property law for Iowa.
In concise chapters, attorneys Frank Harty and Jeff Harty explain the current state of intellectual property law in Iowa. They also look at how intellectual property rights intersect with employee relationships. Using clear examples, the book addresses key questions such as: How do Iowa courts treat an employer's efforts to enforce noncompete agreements? How can protecting a trademark protect a business's identity and reputation? How does Iowa law compare with federal trade secrets law? What are best practices for Iowa businesses dealing with intellectual property? Citing cases and court decisions, Harty and Harty offer a basic understanding of means and procedures for identifying and protecting intellectual property. While not legal advice, the book suggests ways to protect a business's most important assets. The book also addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and compares it with the Iowa Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Chapters consider the use of noncompete agreements and the litigation of restrictive covenants from both the employer's and employee's perspective.
About the author

With a practice focused on labor and employment, Frank Harty has tried almost 100 cases to verdict. His work includes an appearance before and a successful decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc., 557 U.S. 167 (2009). Frank is a fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. He continually earns top marks for litigation skills and professional excellence from peers and legal ratings services. A commitment to professionalism and blue-collar roots—he's from a family of cops and firefighters—sparked his interest in workplace issues and his specialty in labor and employment litigation. He regularly represents companies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher learning in day-to-day and complex labor and employment legal issues.

As a registered patent attorney, Jeff Harty represents companies and inventors on both sides of intellectual property disputes. He zealously represents his clients, seeking resolutions that satisfy the client’s specific business needs. While finding resolution is the primary objective, he also enjoys the cerebral and unique characteristics of each case as science and law intersect in his intellectual property litigation practice. When he’s not litigating, Jeff is a certified mediator. Mediation is an opportunity to look at the merits of the underlying case for strengths and weaknesses, and then help bring the parties together and reach a resolution. With years of experience in intellectual property law, Jeff also shares his knowledge by teaching law students at the University of Iowa.