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Revenge of the Present Invention

Patentees suing alleged infringers have learned from a long history of federal district court and Federal Circuit rulings that (paraphrasing the Miranda warning given to criminal suspects) “anything you say [in the patent or...more

Strategic Patent Portfolios with Continuing Value

The value of a company’s patent portfolio can be increased significantly if the portfolio strategically uses continuing applications (i.e., continuation, divisional, and continuation-in-part applications) to extract valuable...more

Navigating the Needle’s Eye: Patenting Games of Chance

Are card games or other games of chance patentable? Does it matter whether the game is played in the physical realm (e.g., using physical cards, dice, etc.) or in the virtual realm on a computer display? A recent decision...more

7 Intellectual Property Issues Startup Entrepreneurs Should Not Overlook

When startups are in the whirlwind of launching a new product or strategizing a marketing plan, there are crucial intellectual property issues that should not be overlooked. Here are seven things startups should know about IP...more

Diehr in the Headlights | Photonics Patents Blog

Since last year’s decision in Alice v.CLS Bank by the Supreme Court, the number of patents for computer-based inventions that have been struck down by challenges of their eligibility for patent protection has skyrocketed. ...more

Percentage increase of U.S. patents granted to Orange County companies in 2014 outpaces overall patent grants

Orange County companies were awarded 3,520 U.S. patents in 2014, which is an increase of 12.1% from 2013, and is about twice as many that were awarded in 2008. Originally published at OCTechInnovation.com on January...more

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Five Patenting Lessons Exemplified by Google’s Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

Google recently announced on its blog that its “Google-X” laboratory is testing a prototype “smart” contact lens that includes a miniaturized electronic sensor designed to measure glucose level in the wearer’stears. I...more

Crowdsourcing: Inciting a Mob to Battle Patent Trolls

The onslaught of non-practicing entities, or “patent trolls,” that aggressively leverage the high price of defending a patent infringement action in order to extract licensing fees, cost defendants and licensees $29 billion...more

Expanding universe of “prior art”: Patent applications will be more vulnerable to attack if filed after March 16, 2013

Originally published at www.PhotonicsPatents.com on January 21, 2013. U.S. patent law is scheduled to soon experience major changes under the America Invents Act (AIA) that will make it harder to get a patent granted...more

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