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United States Trade Secrets Law

The America Invents Act (AIA) changes the traditional calculus in determining whether to seek patenting an invention or to maintain it as a trade secret. This shift in intellectual property protection is the result of two...more

Protection of Designs in the United States

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

The Problem of Patent Glossaries Part I: Ambiguity in Patent Claims and the Nature of Meaning

What motivates the USPTO to consider the use of glossaries in patent applications is surely the hue and cry that software patents are frequently, if not inherently, vague and ambiguous, and that something must be done to help...more

When Other People’s Patents Get In Your Way...

Have you ever said to yourself, “my product isn’t new so I don’t need to worry about patents” or “the success of my business depends on product quality and developing customer loyalty. Patents don’t generate profits so I...more

Federal Circuit Holds Patentee to Functional Claim Language

In Bayer Cropscience AG v. Dow AgroSciences LLC, the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s claim construction that interpreted “2,4-D monooxygenase” in accordance with its established scientific meaning, even though...more

Infringer Violates Parking Infringement Patent, Gets Ticket, No Excuse

Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Limited v Sarb Management Group Pty Ltd (trading as Database Consultants Australia) (No 2) [2013] FCA 395 (3 May 2013) - A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia concerning an...more

Q&A With Knobbe's Ron Schoenbaum

Ronald J. Schoenbaum is a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP's Orange County and Silicon Valley, Calif., offices. He focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio management, and infringement/validity...more

Intellectual Property and Your Startup (Presentation)

Knobbe Martens’ patent attorneys Russell Jeide and Scott Cromar hosted a seminar series on intellectual property basics for Temecula’s business community. This presentation is from the first class giving a basic overview of...more

Patently Lincoln

Some may know that Abraham Lincoln is the only president to apply for and be granted a U.S. Patent (No. 6,469 – “A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals”), but few are aware that he was also an active patent litigator and a...more

USPTO Considers Best Practices to Improve Patent Application Quality

In a Federal Register Notice published January, 13, 2013, the USPTO asks the public to consider potential best practices aimed at improving patent application quality ”in order to facilitate examination and bring more...more

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