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Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

Developments in Patent Law 2013; The D.C. Bar Year in Review

In this article: - Patentability, Validity, and Procurement of Patents - Interpretation and Infringement of Patents - Enforcement of Patents - Patents at the U.S. Supreme Court - Excerpt...more

On Sale Bar Doctrine Rendered Patent Invalid Where Presentation and Manufacturer's Quote Constituted Offers for Sale

Orbis Corporation ("Orbis"), a manufacturer of commercial baking trays, owns U.S. Patent 6,273,259 ("the '259 patent"), which covers a baking tray ("the NPL663 tray"). As explained by the district court, "Orbis sells the...more

Federal Circuit Finds on Sale Bar From Purchase Order Between Patent Holder and Supplier

In Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the asserted claims were invalid under the on sale bar of 35 USC § 102(b) due to a purchase order...more

BakerHostetler Patent Watch: Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Prods., Inc.

[T]here is no "supplier exception" to the on-sale bar, [and] it is of no consequence that the "commercial offer for sale" [was] made by [the patentee's] own supplier and was made to [the patentee] itself....more

America Invents Act: USPTO Publishes Final Examination Guidelines for the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions

On July 26, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published proposed Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which...more

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