DOHA: A team of attorneys from Patton Boggs LLP discussed key intellectual property (IP) issues and explored the IP needs of Qatar companies, researchers and inventors at several intellectual property seminars held last week in Qatar.
In addition to presenting “Intellectual Property Protection and Strategies” to a group of Qatar clients and colleagues, the Patton Boggs IP team addressed a seminar at Qatar University.
The seminars featured presentations by attorneys from Patton Boggs, including Dr Scott Chambers, a partner and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, and Deborah Lodge, a partner specialising in intellectual property, privacy and Internet law. The seminar also included contributions by Martin Goggins Campos, Of Counsel based in the firm’s Doha office, and Susan Bastress, Managing Partner of the Doha Office.
Dr Chambers, Lodge and the Patton Boggs team shared current trends and best practices in critical IP areas such as patents, trademarks, copyright, social media, and privacy. Topics included identifying inventions and viable trademarks, protecting a company’s reputation in social media, and negotiating technology licenses and transfers. “A global market requires global thinking about patents and other forms of intellectual property,” said Dr Chambers. “We intend to explore patent protection benefits and limitations during our sessions. The worldwide nature of today’s economy presents inventors and companies with new challenges in deciding which patents to protect and where to seek patent protection.”
Lodge echoed the importance of maintaining international perspectives: “In this global market, companies need to ensure that their marks are protected around the world and across all media platforms. ICANN’s recent deployment of new Top Level Domains and the continuing popularity of social media add to the challenges of protecting companies’ trademarks and reputations.”