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In re Steed (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Swearing Behind Reference Still Requires Proof of (Timely Filed) Evidence

Thomas Steed, Sourav Bhattacharya, and Sandeep Seshadrijois (collectively "Steed") filed a patent application entitled "Web-Integrated On-Line Financial Database System and Method for Debt Recovery," on April 6, 2004, with...more

An Inventor Walks Into a Bar: Risks of Filing a “Bar Napkin” Provisional Patent Application

Inventors come up with ideas at the strangest moments. For example, an inventor in 1937 wrote down concepts for what is considered one of the first modern computers on the back of a cocktail napkin. After a bourbon, he came...more

Blog: What You Should Know About the UK Patent Process

Patents provide inventors exclusive rights in their discoveries. Entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and many other fields look favourably upon the benefits of patents, including...more

USPTO Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility that Further Clarifies Examination Standards under 35 U.S.C....

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014)) and Mayo (Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012)), and other cases...more

An IP Lawyer Answers the Common Question: "Should I patent this?"

We are often asked “should I get a patent on this?” While there is no simple answer, it helps to understand the patent process, compare it to other ways for protecting inventions, and then weigh the relevant pros and cons. ...more

USPTO Pilots Expedited Patent Appeal Program But at What Price?

In a June 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO announced the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot program, which will run until 2,000 ex parte patent appeals are expedited under the program, or until June 20, 2016, whichever...more

“Indirect” Common Inventorship Not Sufficient To Support Priority Claim Under 35 U.S.C. §120

The PTAB recently took up the issue of whether, in a family of patents and applications, a later patent in the family is entitled to the benefit of the filing date of an earlier-filed application in the family where the later...more

Teamwork Can Benefit Your Company’s Research, but Verify Inventors on any Resulting Patent Application

Much of today’s innovation is a collaborative process. In the past few weeks, stories were in the news about breakthroughs involving groups of researchers working on aluminum batteries, carbon electrodes for lithium-ion...more

Beware of IP Scams-Invention Development

Information about patent and trademark applications, processes and maintenance requirements is much more accessible to the public than it used to be. In particular, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has...more

The Mis-“Conception” Of Being An Inventor

Scientists often confuse “authorship” in a manuscript with “inventorship” in a patent application or a patent. More often than not, scientists will list everyone involved with an invention or a manuscript describing the...more

Provisional Patent Applications – Proceed with Caution

For inventors, start-ups and established business, patents are a key tool in protecting valuable assets. However, it is not always economically feasible to incur costs of preparing and filing one or more applications at the...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

Are TIME Magazine’s “25 Best Inventions Of The Year 2013” Patented And Does It Really Matter

Conventional wisdom tells us that great inventions and patent protection go hand in hand because that is one way that companies and inventors can recover and benefit from their investment in R&D, either by monetising their...more

New Proposed USPTO Rules for International Design Protection

U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more

Patents: Is It Too Late To File??? Part 3

Continuing our discussion on patents and when and whether to file one… So, is it too late to file? As we have emphasized over the last few posts, it is crucial for inventors to keep the novelty of their...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

Patent Watch: Ateliers de la Haute-Garonne v. Broetje Automation USA Inc.

"There is no requirement in 35 USC 112 that an applicant point out which of his embodiments he considers his best mode; that the disclosure includes the best mode contemplated by the applicant is enough to satisfy the...more

Dawson v. Dawson (Fed. Cir. 2013)

On March 25, the Federal Circuit in Dawson v. Dawson affirmed a determination by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) failed to establish sole conception by Dr....more

Don't Just Patent Everything, You Need To Have A Strategy

You can't patent it all. Inventors often want to patent every potentially novel detail of their technologies and patent attorneys are sometimes willing to help them do it. However, this type of unfocused, shotgun approach...more

A Cautionary Tale for Patent Applicants

When should a patent application be filed? Should it be filed prior to submission of a manuscript or abstract for peer-review or just prior to publication? In highly competitive technologies, it is prudent to file as soon as...more

“America Invents Act” Patent Law Overhaul: The Benefits and the Drawbacks

“A good idea is never lost. Even though its originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another.” ~ Thomas Edison As any inventor or innovator will tell you, an...more

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