Karla Lant

Karla Lant

Freelance Writer and Editor

Karla Lant is an experienced freelance writer, journalist, editor, and adjunct professor. She focuses on science, technology, politics, education, and technical writing. Browse by publication below.

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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Without a Patent

One of the biggest concerns inventors and other innovators have about pitching their ideas is getting their intellectual property stolen. This isn’t a baseless fear. Theft of intellectual property including trade secrets is common, and without a patent you probably have a trade secret. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself.

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Day Against DRM Technology Heats Up Debate

May 3, 2013 was the Day Against Digital Rights Management (DRM) according to a press release from the Free Software Foundation (FSF). Timed to coincide roughly with the 20 year anniversary the open World Wide Web, FSF and more than two dozen other organizations announced the circulation of a petition opposing DRM measures to be delivered at the World Wide Web Consortium in Boston.

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WIPO Members Work to Protect Traditional Knowledge

As this article posts we are midway through the latest meeting of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delegates who are trying to protect “traditional knowledge” as it pertains to intellectual property. The 24th session of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) is taking place from the 22nd to the 26th of April 2013.

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Internet Sales Tax Heads for a Vote

This past Monday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of taking up debate and amendment on the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would force online retailers to collect Internet sales tax. A final Senate vote is imminent, and it seems that the bill will pass.

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FundersClub Receives No Action Letter From SEC - It's On ...

FundersClub is now the the first SEC-approved online venture capital platform. The company now has the legal green light as it received its “no-action” letter at the end of March. The online platform’s legality came into question based on its identity as either a broker-dealer or advising company. The distinction was key because FundersClub is not registered as a broker-dealer; instead, it argued in its response to the SEC that it was it was merely an entity advising on venture capital matters based online rather than offline.

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Gene Patents: What Will the Myriad Case Change?

As UpCounsel reported on April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court is set to decide the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics case–the gene patent case–in June 2013 based on the oral arguments it heard on April 15. The case was originally fired up in the media and public mind in large part due to the controversy surrounding patents on the BRCA1 and 2 genes, also known as the breast cancer susceptibility genes. Especially given the radical ethical conflicts stirred up by the discovery of the genes—preventive mastectomies, for example, which have been elected since the discovery even by women who do not carry the genes—have stirred heated debate.

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White House Budget Proposal 2014

The White House budget proposal nearly always sees the light of day in February of each year, but this year the release came on April 10. The late release came with good news for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), bad news for big pharma, and a mixed bag for everyone else.

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Due Diligence When Entering Into Licensing Agreements

Written by Karla Lant on May. 24 2013 under How-Tos & Tips · Due Diligence. While the excitement of licensing new products or tapping new markets can be ......

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Aaron Greenspan Versus Silicon Valley

Aaron Greenspan, the software entrepreneur who founded Think Computer, is a little like Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th movies: he just keeps coming back. On Monday, May 6, 2013 the arch enemy of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg filed suit against not only that ubiquitous social network but most of Silicon Valley.

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How to Legally Open an Online Store

These days opening an online store is extremely appealing. It’s easier than ever given the many platforms to choose from and the easy technical support you can get for your store. And everyone has an idea for something they’d like to sell if they could only reach enough people.

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How to Fire Employees Without Getting Sued

No matter how wonderful a boss you are or how successful your company is, sooner or later you are going to have to fire employees. Between federal, state and sometimes even local employment laws, navigating through the legal pitfalls of losing bad or sour employees can be tricky. Here are the absolute best ways to shed your dead weight and stay on the right side of the law.