U.S. exports hit a record high of $188.7 billion in December 2012. This is part of a long (albeit inconsistent) trend of growing exports, which goes back to the early 1990s and has been particularly strong and steady since...more
In April, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 21788) proposing changes to the rules of practice for consistency with the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and title II of the...more
While much attention has been given to the recent, significant changes in U.S. patent law arising from the America Invents Act (“AIA”), lesser attention has been given to patent law changes brought about by further...more
1. What is a patent?
A patent is a right granted to inventors by the government to exclude others from making, selling, offering for sale, using, or importing an invention. The U.S. Government has issued over eight...more
MARCH 16, 2013 is the effective date for major changes made to the U.S. Patent Act by the America Invents Act (“AIA”). These changes should motivate inventors to consider filing their patent applications before the changes...more
Intellectual property (IP) portfolios are valuable assets that must be properly acquired, advantageously exploited and thoroughly protected in all commercially significant jurisdictions. Companies considering doing business...more