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Summer Fun!

by Weintraub Tobin on

Because it’s summertime, I thought we should take a break from “serious” intellectual property articles. So, instead, here are some patented inventions that you might see this summer. A baseball with a speedometer seems...more

Why Inventions Fail

by Snell & Wilmer on

I. Introduction. U.S. and worldwide patent filings are at all-time highs. About 620 thousand patent applications were filed in the United States in 2016, and about 2.9 million patent applications were filed worldwide in...more

Patents 101: The Different Types of Patents

by Revision Legal on

Any business entity or inventor that is considering securing patent rights for a novel and non-obvious invention needs to know a little bit about the different types of patents that are available from the United States Patent...more

What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

Lawyers strive for perfection in their work, but time constraints, budgets, and other factors work against us. Also, perfection is not always the same thing in every circumstance. It is interesting, however, to contemplate...more

Worldwide Public Disclosure Grace Periods - May 2017

Albania - 6 months - Novelty/Inventive Step in Limited Circumstances - Disclosure not to be taken into account in determining patentability if it occurred within six months before the filing date (priority date) when...more

[Webinar] Drafting the “Global” Patent Application - June 14th, 10:00am ET

It all starts with drafting. A poorly drafted patent application, more often than not, leads to poor patent protection. The goal of providing enforceable claims starts and ends with a well drafted application. And what may be...more

AIPLA Proposes New 101 to Save the Patent System

The AIPLA has proposed a new Section 101: 35 U.S.C. § 101—Inventions Patentable - (a) Eligible Subject Matter.— Whoever invents or discovers any useful process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or any...more

So You Just Invented the Best Product the World Has Ever Known

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

You spent all this time creating the perfect product and, in order to make your startup viable, you need to get the product to market. But what have you done to protect this lifeline of your new business?...more

Should You Consider Patenting Your Inventions?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Have you ever invented something but weren’t sure whether to patent it? Most of us have! You don’t have to be an engineer, hold a master’s degree, or own a business to find an instance where a specific product would make life...more

AIPLA Proposes Legislative Changes to 35 U.S.C. § 101

Like the Intellectual Property Owners (see "What to Do about Section 101? IPO Provides Its Answer") and the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association (see "ABA IP Law Section Sends Section 101 Revision Proposal to USPTO...more

Sovereign immunity shields university from inventorship dispute

by Hogan Lovells on

In a case involving medical methods invented by two Nobel laureates, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that sovereign immunity prevents a third researcher from pursuing his claim of co-inventorship...more

Inventorship Claims That Took $8 Million to Defeat Were Not “Exceptional”

In University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften E.V., [2016-1336] (March 23, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the case was not exceptional within the...more

Nikola Tesla Invented E-Discovery Technology in 1938, According to Newly Discovered Journal Now Housed at ACEDS

by Exterro, Inc. on

In a stunning discovery earlier this year, a journal belonging to famed inventor Nikola Tesla was discovered when custodial staff were cleaning out the basement at the New Yorker Hotel, Tesla’s residence from 1934 until his...more

Patents harder to obtain now, attorney say

by GableGotwals on

Back in 1899, Charles H. Duell, thencommissioner of the U.S. patent office, purportedly said “everything that can be invented hhttp://cms.jdsupra.com/docuploader/document/related/58d2c8cd-0e40-4396-bbfc-05ecd6f4c0ad/#as been...more

Australian and New Zealand Patent Systems among the strongest in the world

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A newly developed index rates Australia’s and New Zealand’s patent systems among the strongest in the world. Companies need to be strategic about where to protect their inventions. These decisions are generally based on...more

2016 – a year at a glance

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

What is a human? When is your best method not good enough? When is an inventor not an inventor? What happens when your patent application fails to deliver on its promise? These are just a few of the questions that the...more

Experimental Use of an Invention

by Field Law on

Inventors must take care that their invention is “new” for it to be patentable. That means the invention hasn’t been disclosed to the public. Trade show announcements, press releases, publications, offering the invention for...more

PTAB Terminates Interference Proceeding Between University of California and Broad Institute Regarding CRISPR Gene Editing Claims

by Knobbe Martens on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) terminated a patent interference proceeding between the University of California (UC) and the Broad Institute (Broad), a joint venture of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute...more

Swiss-style patent claims can be very valuable in Australia

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

The scope for enforcement of Swiss-style claims may be broader in Australia than for method of medical treatment claims. Second medical use inventions can be claimed in an ever increasing number of claim formats depending on...more

The Purpose Behind Patent Law and What It Means For You

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Have you ever wondered why there is a patent system in the United States? Believe it or not, the framers of the U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to create a patent system right in the Constitution itself—Article 1,...more

Do I Need a Patent Prior Art Search?

This is a common question among many new inventors. To be patentable, an invention must be novel and non-obvious in view of the “prior art.” Prior art includes prior filed patents, patent applications, and other public...more

PCT national phase – filing requirements

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Please see chart below for more information....more

UK: Drop in the ocean – Employee's invention not profitable enough for compensation

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Court of Appeal confirmed on 18 January that an employee was not entitled to any compensation from his employer for the income generated by his patented inventions, as the returns did not amount to an “outstanding...more

The Bayh-Dole Act

The Bayh-Dole Act allocates rights for intellectual property developed with federal funds between contractors or grant recipients and the government. This infographic provides an overview of the Bayh-Dole Act, the steps that...more

Licences are out and automatic rights are in: a new way to allow exploitation following temporary patent ceasing is proposed

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Automatic rights to exploit inventions are proposed to replace third party licences to exploit inventions. This proposal follows only months after an initial Patent Office decision on the licence provisions....more

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