Hoffmann & Baron LLP Senior Partner Featured on Law You Should Know on 90.3 FM

James ‘Jim’ Harrington, Senior Partner at Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, was a recent guest on ‘Law You Should Know.’

In conversation with Host Kenneth Landau, they discussed how to protect ideas and innovations through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

In the first half of the discussion, Harrington detailed how to use patents and what patents can and cannot do. He explained, “A patent is only a right to exclude others from doing something. It does not provide a freedom to operate.”

He compares filing for patents to a race because of the ‘first to file’ rule that awards the first person to file a patent the right to claim the invention. He highlights that an essential part of filing for a patent is not disclosing your ideas to people before you apply.

He underlines the importance of protecting creative, unique ideas and innovations.

Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, works with a variety of companies from entrepreneurial to global, as well as research institutions.

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James Harrington, Hoffmann and Baron, LLP, is the senior partner in the firm’s New York office. He brings extensive experience in various areas of intellectual property practice, including patent and trademark prosecution, patent and trademark litigation, post-grant proceedings, client counseling, opinion work, due diligence, and licensing. He is also highly experienced in managing the firm’s university and research-based clients. Prior to joining the firm in 1998, he spent five years as a trial attorney. He has lectured and participated in panel discussions on various topics of patent law relating to biotechnology.

He graduated with B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University (1988), a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law (1992), and an M.S. in Biology from Adelphi University (2006).