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Share and Share Alike? Not so fast.

The joint ownership of patents is governed by 35 USC 262: - In the absence of any agreement to the contrary, each of the joint owners of a patent may make, use, offer to sell, or sell the patented invention within the...more

February 9, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 9, 1909, Pasquale Nigro was issued U.S. Patent No. 912,152 on a fire escape....more

Federal Circuit Affirms High Standard to Find Patentee Disclaimer

In a decision likely to be lauded by patent applicants and owners, the Federal Circuit recently issued an opinion that affirms its staunch position that the bar to prove a patent owner made a disclaimer that impacts the claim...more

February 8, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 8, 1881, Louis C. Tiffany was issued U.S. Patent No. 237,416 on a Glass Tile, Mosaic, Etc....more

February 7, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 7, 1984, Timothy G. Zell was issued U.S. Patent No. 4,429, 685 on a Surgical Procedure....more

February 6, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 6, 1934, William D. Coolidge was issued U.S. Patent No. 1,946,312 on an X-Ray Tube, for creating x-rays for medical imaging at lower voltages...more

February 5, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 5, 1974, Raymond Damadian was issued U.S. Patent No. 3,789,832 on Apparatus and Method for Detecting Cancer in Tissue — MRI imaging for the detection of cancer....more

IP & Technology Newsletter: Winter 2016

In today’s business world, protecting trade secrets is of vital importance. A trade secret is anything which gives a company a competitive advantage and is kept confidential, including a design, formula, manufacturing...more

[Webinar] Mitigating Intellectual Property Risks through Responsible Supply Chains - Feb. 10th, 8:00am, PST

Rapid supply chain expansion often results in an increasingly decentralized base of suppliers. While this expansion has helped organizations reduce costs and increase market share, it has also exposed them to supply chain...more

February 4, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 4, 1941, Roy J. Plunkett, was issued U.S. Patent No. 2,230,654 on Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers (the material branded as TEFLON)...more

Claim Terms Are Considered In Computer Technology Case

EMC Corporation, et al. v. Pure Storage, Inc., C.A. No. 13-1985 - RGA, February 2, 2016. Andrews, J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding four terms from three patents. A Markman hearing took place on January...more

February 3, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 3, 1948, E.W. Ingram, Sr. was issued U.S. Patent No. 2,435,355 on a Package Construction (the White Castle hamburger package)...more

February 2, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 2, 1971, actor Steve T. McQueen was issued U.S. Patent No. D219813 on a Bucket Seat Shell...more

Know your patent documents

Most are familiar with a U.S. utility patent, have a seven digit number followed by a “B”...more

Cruciform – the Right Word for the Right Shape

Finding the perfect words to describe an invention is the cross that patent attorneys have to bear. When trying to describe something that it cross-shaped, the word cruciform (see, e.g., U.S. Patent No, 8,517,327) can make...more

January 31, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 31, 1950, Lawrence Welk (ask your grandparents) received U.S. Patent No. D157,110, on a Lunch Box. Check out the accordion pleats...more

January 30, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 30, 1962, Les Paul was awarded U.S. Patent No. 3,018,680 on an Electrical Musical Instrument (the solid body electric guitar)...more

Insert Coin

Those of you who occasionally read my posts may have noticed that video games are a hobby and interest of mine. I have posted on issues involving video games several times. See Executing Noriega, Flash in the Panama, Calling...more

January 29, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 29, 1974, Roger Easton was awarded U.S. Patent No. 3,789,409 on a Navigation System Using Satellites and Passive Ranging Techniques (GPS)....more

[Webinar] Keeping What is Yours Yours: Best Practices for Software Companies to Protect Their “Secret Sauce” - Feb. 9th, 1:00pm,...

In today’s fast paced, if not neck-breaking, speed at which advancements in software development and platforms occur, one issue facing software companies is how to keep their competitors from obtaining the "secret sauce." ...more

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the...more

January 28, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 28, 1873, Louis Pasteur was awarded U.S. Patent No. 135,245 on Brewing Beer and Ale....more

PTAB Refuses Attempt to Kill ATM Patent as Claiming Abstract Idea: NRT Technology Corp. and NRT Technologies, Inc., Petitioner, v....

In what appears to be a small measure of good news (and hope for the future) for patent holders in the automated teller machine art, the PTAB last week held that claims to an ATM-implemented money dispensing process were not...more

January 27, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison was awarded U.S. Patent No. 223,898 on an Electric Lamp, the first practical incandescent lamp....more

Blog: How to Protect Your Patent in Multiple Countries

If you’re thinking of protecting your invention in multiple countries, you have two general options: (1) file your first application directly in each country of interest, or (2) file a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)...more

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