On March 10, 2014, Sonos announced it would forward-publish its patent applications before they would traditionally be available to the public. This has given rise to quite a bit of discussion in patent legal circles. What...more
Will forward-publishing your patent help or hurt you in the long run? Sonos’ announcement this week that they will forward-publish patent applications has created quite a debate in the patent realm.
Ideas are the...more
Forward-publishing patents might be a case of good PR practice meeting good patent practice. On the other hand, Sonos might be onto something....more
Sonos' policy to forward-publish its patents seems to be more a calculated public relations move with some strategic upside and limited downside....more
Forward-publication of patent applications can effectively give third party submitters the ability to make a submission against your application months in advance of publication by the USPTO....more
Patents are a tool to discourage inventors to keep trade secrets, by trading public disclosure for a limited monopoly. Forward-publishing an application is a deliberate embrace of this philosophy, eliminating even the...more
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