By Michael Senkowski, Nancy Victory, and Michael Lewis

The pace of innovation for wireless products and services over the past decade or so has been breathtaking. Since the introduction of the iPhone – less than 10 years ago – near-ubiquitous mobile networks have developed to provide instant broadband access to the Internet for streaming news, sports, and entertainment. But the ability to stay in constant contact with friends or check the latest sports scores from just about anywhere is only one part of the wireless revolution. A vast number of applications and services have developed that use wireless technologies to make us smarter, more efficient, safer and healthier. Medical implant devices now monitor and regulate internal organ activity; some, using wireless technology, immediately notify doctors of critical health changes. Smart sensors and switches execute real-time network adjustments to address unusual demands on power grids and help avoid outages. Collision-avoidance radar technologies help direct vehicles both on the ground and in the air to steer clear of hazards. Crowdsourcing applications warn us of traffic congestion and provide dynamic route adjustments to help save fuel and lower stress.
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The American Bar Association has published The Intellectual Property Handbook: A Practical Guide for Franchise, Business, and IP Counsel (Second Edition) which provides an overview of intellectual property (IP) law and practices around the world.  Ann Ford, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of DLA Piper and chair of DLA Piper LLP (US)’s U.S. Trademark, Copyright, and Media Group (as well as its global co-chair of Trademarks and Copyrights), authored the chapter on International Trademarks.
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