Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, Senior Partner Jim Harrington Is Repeat Guest On Law You Should Know

James ‘Jim’ Harrington, Hoffmann & Baron, LLP, guests on ‘Law You Should Know’ radio show for a second time.

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

In the first half of the discussion, Harrington described trademarks. He explained businesses use certain words and logos, which can be trademarked, to help consumers associate the business as the source of the goods or services. Unlike patents where you need to file first, the rights of trademarks come from the use of the trademark.

The conversation continued with copyrights and how they relate to original works of authorship, such as a painting, sculpture, audio recording, writing, etc. Copyrights exist once an original work of authorship is fixed in a tangible medium. Registration of the copyright can provide some important advantages.

Harrington defined trade secrets as, “any information used in a business that can give an advantage over a competitor that does not have the information.” One famous example of a trade secret that Harrington mentioned is Coca-Cola’s recipe, which remains a secret to this day.

Harrington ended the discussion by stressing the importance of protecting creative ideas and innovation through the various forms of intellectual property.

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).