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Forward-Publishing Patents: A Way to Tell Competitors "Stay Out"?

Will forward-publishing your patent help or hurt you in the long run? Sonos’ announcement this week that they will forward-publish patent applications has created quite a debate in the patent realm. Ideas are the...more

Will 'Forward-Publishing' Make The Patent System a More Relevant R&D Tool?

Forward-publishing patents might be a case of good PR practice meeting good patent practice. On the other hand, Sonos might be onto something....more

Sonos Forward-Publishes Patents: Strategic Upside, Limited Downside

Sonos' policy to forward-publish its patents seems to be more a calculated public relations move with some strategic upside and limited downside....more

Forward-Publishing Your Patents? Be Sure Your Portfolio Can Withstand Early Third Party Attacks

Forward-publication of patent applications can effectively give third party submitters the ability to make a submission against your application months in advance of publication by the USPTO....more

Forward-Publishing Your Patents? Best and Worst Case Scenarios...

Patents are a tool to discourage inventors to keep trade secrets, by trading public disclosure for a limited monopoly. Forward-publishing an application is a deliberate embrace of this philosophy, eliminating even the...more

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