Defending the Muffin Man and Protecting Your Client From Intellectual Property Crimes

August 2, 2010Articles New Jersey Law Journal

Unfortunately, this article may not claim credit for the “Muffin Man” reference in the context of intellectual property crimes.

Newspaper sources used this term to describe a former food executive, who knew the process to make Thomas’ English muffins “nooks and crannies” and was then barred by a judge from working for a competitor. More on his plight below, but his civil setback provides an opportunity to discuss the value — some say worth over $5 trillion — of IP rights in today’s economy and the problems associated with IP protection. Further, various government agencies, including the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), have accelerated their investigations and prosecutions of these crimes.