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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

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

Key IP Questions For Emerging Businesses

Are you starting a new company or business venture? Launching an exciting new product or expanding into a new business line? Congratulations. Just remember, if you wind up with a high-growth opportunity, it can often pay big...more

Five things academic scientists should know when pursuing their first patent application – Part II of V

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new Automated Interview Request (AIR) Form that allows practitioners to submit an online request for an interview with an examiner. The online form allows...more

Patent Quality Chat – February 14, 2017: Learning to Love Application Data Sheets

On February 14, 2017, the USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continued with “Understanding the ADS (Application Data Sheet): Little Things Make a Big Difference.” For this chat, the USPTO’s Janice Tippett, who is a...more

In re Van Os (Fed. Cir. 2017)

"Intuitive" to Combine Insufficient to Support Obviousness Rejection - The Federal Circuit recently issued a decision in an appeal from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board in a case...more

Another Friendly Reminder from the CAFC – Use of “the Present Invention” is Clear and Unequivocal Evidence of Disavowal

Disavowal can occur when a patent holder disavows the full scope of claim terms in the specification or during prosecution (e.g., through the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel). In either event, disavowal requires...more

Case shows ever-changing nature of patent law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed almost five years ago, continues to substantially change patent law in the United States — and questions about the law’s effects are still being litigated. One important question...more

Contributing to a patent claim might not make you a co-inventor

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that even if you have contributed to an invention and your contribution has led to a patent claim, you may not be a co-inventor for that claim. The case...more

10 Strategies For Aggressively Building A Patent Portfolio

by Knobbe Martens on

Knobbe Martens Partner Ron Schoenbaum hosted an hour-long seminar on September 29 at Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA. He covered how patent rights are commonly lost and 10 strategies startup companies need to know to...more

Improper Inventorship Defense is Allowed

by Morris James LLP on

April 24, 2015 was the deadline to amend pleadings. An amended schedule provided that facto discovery was to close March 11, 2016 and expert discovery by July 1, 2016. On June 15, 2016 defendants moved to include a defense...more

Intellectual Property in Medicine: Initial Considerations

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Physicians are well-positioned to generate new inventions and thereby improve the treatment of their patients. As a result, physicians have historically been some of the best and most active inventors in the United States. ...more

Blog: Who Owns What: Patent Assignment and Ownership

by Cooley LLP on

A patent is a government-granted property right that can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention for a specified time (how long depends on the type of patent). Patents can provide important...more

A Plea for a Charitable and Common-Sensical Claim Construction

All manner of boiler plate can be found in patent applications and issued patents, placed there by applicants and their counsel hoping to influence the future construction of their specification and claims, but the language...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

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

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

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

January 26, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 26, 1965, Noah McVicker and Joseph McVicker received U.S. Patent No. 3,167,440 on Plastic Modeling Composition of a Soft, Pliable Working Consistency, know to millions of children as Play-Doh. The product was...more

January 25, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 25, 1870, G.D. Dows received U.S. Patent No. 99,170 on a Soda Fountain, to the delight of jerks (soda jerks, that is) everywhere...more

January 24, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 24, 1922, U.S. Patent No. 1,404,539 issued to Christian K. Nelson on a “Confection” that was marketed as the Eskimo Pie....more

January 23, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 23, 1849, the first U.S. patent for an envelope-making machine (U.S. Patent No. 6055) was issued to Jesse K. Park and Cornelius S. Watson....more

January 22, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On January 22, 1907, Thomas A. Edison received U.S. Patent No. 841677 on an Apparatus for Grinding and Separating Fine Materials....more

January 21, 2016 - Patent of the Day

Recognizing the snow storms across the country this week, the patent of the day is U.S. Patent No. 5,595,343, issued to George Marhelko on January 21, 1997 in a snow coloring device...more

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