Polin Chieu

Polin Chieu

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Accelerated Patent Examination

According to the United States Patent Office’s annual report, the average total patent pendency in 2012 for patent applications was 32.4 months. For many patent applicants, this delay is unexpected and may significantly...more

5/13/2014 - Patent Examinations Patents USPTO

Patent Trolls, Defensive Groups, and Pooling

A common topic of patent reform discussions are patent trolls. Patent trolls, who often gather patent portfolios and assert patents against others in an effort to collect licensing fees or patent infringement damages, are...more

2/18/2014 - Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents

Patent Protection in the U.S. and Abroad

With increasing globalization, it is important to consider patent protection outside of the United States. In the United States, utility patents provide protection on inventions for a new and useful process, machine,...more

11/12/2013 - Patent Litigation Patents

Patent Searching Basics

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains a free, searchable database. Before applying for a patent, a search for similar inventions is recommended to determine whether a patent is viable....more

8/14/2013 - Databases Due Diligence Patent Applications Patents USPTO

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