Harty and Harty Publish "Protecting Intellectual Property" Book

October 17, 2022


A new book written by Nyemaster Goode attorneys Frank Harty and Jeffrey Harty provides businesses and entrepreneurs with a basic understanding of the means and procedures for identifying and protecting their intellectual property. The book was developed with the input and assistance of nearly 30 attorneys in Nyemaster’s Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment departments.


Protecting Intellectual Property: Key Legal Insights for Businesses in Iowa, was written for innovators, business leaders, general counsel and private practitioners. In concise chapters, Harty and Harty explain the current state of intellectual property law in Iowa. They also look at how intellectual property rights intersect with employee relationships.


The authors leveraged the breadth of Nyemaster Goode’s experience in both labor and employment law and intellectual property law in creating the 157-page book.


The book addresses key questions such as: How do Iowa courts treat an employer's efforts to enforce noncompete agreements? How can protecting a trademark protect a business's identity and reputation? How does Iowa law compare with federal trade secrets law? What are best practices for Iowa businesses dealing with intellectual property?


While not legal advice, the book suggests ways to protect a business's most important assets. The book also addresses the Defend Trade Secrets Act and compares it with the Iowa Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Chapters consider the use of noncompete agreements and the litigation of restrictive covenants from both the employer's and employee's perspective.


The book is available online from amazon.com.