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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

When Final is Not So Final: Strategies for Overcoming Final Rejections

Typically, during prosecution of a U.S. application, a second or subsequent Office Action could be made final by the patent examiner at which time prosecution of the application is essentially closed. For an applicant who...more

Patent Prosecution Data Analytics

Preparing patent applications for examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proficient writing, detailed knowledge of the requirements of the Patent Act, and technical acumen. Once a patent...more

The Essentiality Test – Falling Out of Favour at the EPO?

The European Patent Office (EPO) has a notoriously strict approach when considering amendments to patent applications. If an amendment extends the subject matter beyond the content of the application as filed, then the...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

Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program Set to Expire in June Unless Extended

Last year, President Obama announced the National Cancer Moonshot, an initiative with the goal of making ten years’ worth of advances in cancer research and treatment over the following five years. In support of this...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

Examining the Examiner Interview

Compact or streamlined prosecution is in vogue in prosecution circles these days. While examiner interviews are a tried and true “old” tool in a prosecutor’s tool box, they are reemerging as a means to facilitate compact or...more

Intellectual Property and E-commerce Shops

by Revision Legal on

If you’re the owner of an e-commerce shop, you deal with intellectual property everyday. Intellectual property refers to the creations of the human mind. This includes symbols, images, names, inventions, and literary and...more

What Rights Will I Lose if I Pitch My Invention to Investors Before I File a Patent Application?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Did you know that the individual often credited with popularizing karaoke did not reap the financial rewards of his invention to the extent possible? It's true—Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke in Kobe, Japan...more

Under the First-to-File Rule, District Court Stays Case Filed Hours After a Declaratory Judgment Action

Under the first-to-file rule (not to be confused with the provision from the America Invents Act), when two actions involving overlapping issues and parties are pending in two federal venues, the first-filed case is generally...more

Markush Groups: Traps for the Unwary

While many patent examiners prefer Markush claims, which recite lists of alternatively useable species, to be formatted as “selected from the group consisting of A, B, and C,” Applicants should carefully consider claim...more

A U.S. Perspective on Global Strategy

Total Chinese Patent Office Grants by Technology Sector. Please see full graph in article for more information....more

The (Nuts and Bolts) of Application Formalities in China

China is in the midst of a tremendous patent boom. Worldwide, total patent application filings were up 7.8% in 2015, with China accounting for 84% of the total growth[1]. In 2015, the State Intellectual Property Office of the...more

New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Patent litigators will tell you that there are many ways to invalidate a patent. One of their favorites is a self-inflicted ground of invalidity known as the “on-sale bar.” Under patent law, if you sell (or offer to sell)...more

April 1, 2017 Revision of Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines may be Good News for Patentees

With continued extraordinary growth, including a record number of patent applications filed in a single year[1], the importance of intellectual property rights in China is undeniable. And so, all eyes are on the recent...more

Fast-Tracking Patent Applications in Asia

The process of patenting an invention can be cumbersome, resulting in Applicants waiting several years before their patents are picked up for examination. Various jurisdictions have realized the pressing need to shorten the...more

Provisional Patent Applications Versus Utility Patent Applications

by Snell & Wilmer on

Provisional applications were introduced in the United States in the Inventor’s Protection Act of 1995. The purpose was to facilitate a quick filing, if necessary, to establish a priority filing date and salvage potential...more

Putting the Pedal to the Metal at the EPO

It should come as no surprise that the home of the Bundesautobahn has multiple mechanisms to speed up patent prosecution. And since the average pendency of a European application is approximately four years[i], patentees will...more

When Is Telling Someone You Have A Secret Revealing Too Much?

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Of course, telling someone that you have a secret is not the same as telling them what the secret is. Still, someone now knows that you have a secret. This has turned out to be an important concept for the “on-sale bar rule”...more

Startups: Patent Filing Is Cheaper Than You Think

by Revision Legal on

Filing a patent application as a startup can seem daunting and infeasible because the cost associated with obtaining a patent is so high. For most startups money is tight, and spending money on something as intangible as...more

Track One: Still the One for Accelerating Patent Examination in the US?

Speed is everything in the business world. The fastest company to market wins a competitive advantage. However, investors are often reluctant to back new products that do not have patent protection, and backlogs at the US...more

Avoiding contractual pitfalls and 'gotchas'

by McAfee & Taft on

You’re likely to see the same clauses repeated in most patent, trade secret and software license contracts. As a result, these agreements have a similar structure and feel, which can lead one to assume that a clause in a new...more

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