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Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property by Deborah E. Bouchoux

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Unfair Competition

Unfair competition laws are a type of catch-all provision designed to protect against unfair, unethical, and predatory practices in the marketplace. In many instances, a competitor’s conduct may not precisely constitute infringement of trademark, copyright, patent, or trade secret. In those events, general unfair competition statutes, both at the federal and state level, ensure that conduct in the marketplace is based on standards of ethical business conduct.

Governing Law

All states have their own individual state statutes protecting against unfair competition. In addition, Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act (the U.S. Trademark ...

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