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Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...more

Patented Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Inventions

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Part of the enjoyment of Halloween and Christmas is seeing the clever decorations and novelties people come up with for these two celebrations. But did you know, some of these are patented inventions? With (belated) Season’s...more

2017 – It was biotech and pharma who kept the Australian legal system busy

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

2016 saw the Australian legal system deal with the questions that ranged from defining a human being to defining an inventor. 2017 proved to be just as interesting, and just as informative for patentees and applicants as to...more

Five Common Myths about Utility Patents for Start-ups

1. As a start-up, utility patents are not worth the investment. While it is true that utility patents are expensive — costing up to $25,000 and about $10,000 on average — not having patent protection can end up costing...more

Microbot Medical to Acquire CardioSert's Technology

by Knobbe Martens on

Microbot Medical Inc. announced that it entered into an agreement with CardioSert Ltd. to acquire CardioSert’s patented guidewire technology, including R&D information, technical know-how, and intellectual property....more

Patenting the Blockchain

Last year’s spike in the valuation of bitcoin has much of the technology world focused on blockchain, the distributed database ledger technology behind bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies. Lost behind the scenes,...more

Top Stories of 2017: #5 to #9

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 11th annual list of top patent stories. For 2017, we identified nineteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Patent Portfolio Management – a Team Approach to Patent Drafting

by BakerHostetler on

On my drive to work, there was a trash bag on the freeway, then a box, and later a couple of bags flying around. I wondered where this garbage came from. There were a number of likely candidates: a small pickup truck loaded...more

Claim Drafting Strategy for Filing in the US and Europe

by Workman Nydegger on

Although obtaining a patent in Europe is similar to the process of obtaining a patent in the US, there are some important distinctions that should be considered when drafting a patent application that will be filed in both...more

New Year's Resolutions For The U.S. Patent System

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It’s that time of year when we make resolutions to improve our health, our relationships, our careers, or other areas of our lives. I’m not starting a new diet today (although if I were, the invention described in this patent...more

UPC Preparatory Committee publish end of year summary

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, Alexander Ramsay, the Chair of the Preparatory Committee published the following article on the UPC website summing up 2017 and the plan ahead for 2018...more

Innovation on the Blockchain: Protect your IP Assets in 2018 and Beyond

by Polsinelli on

Blockchain-based patent applications started as a trickle, beginning with a few applications being filed in 2014. It has now exploded, with a few big filers jumping into the market in hopes of creating licensing opportunities...more

Canada moves closer to joining the Hague Agreement with the release of proposed new Industrial Design Regulations

by Smart & Biggar on

On December 9, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council took the formal step of publishing proposed new Industrial Design Regulations (the proposed Regulations) in the Canadian Gazette. A 30-day consultation period has been set,...more

Why Do Patents Often Include Method Claims And Apparatus Claims?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When I send a draft patent application to an inventor who is new to the patent process, the inventor often asks why the claims seem to repeat themselves. A patent application often has one group of claims directed to a...more

Patent Quality Chat: How Is A USPTO Examiner’s Work Product Reviewed?

In patent prosecution, the feedback loop between interested parties including patent prosecutors, inventors, and in-house counsel helps to provide the best patent applications and office action responses for a high quality...more

The Importance of Obviousness

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Over a number of years, the Federal Circuit has stated the conditions for an obviousness rejection: the cited references must teach or suggest all the limitations of the claim, there must be a reason to combine the...more

Banding Together Part II: Expanded Collaborative Search Pilots Launched Between USPTO, JPO, and KIPO

In May of 2016, we first documented the launch of the Collaborative Search Pilots (CSPs) between the USPTO, Japanese Patent Office (JPO), and Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) in the blog entitled: Banding Together....more

Amendment of Claims in Parent Application Do Not Apply to Continuation Claims that do not have the Amended Language

In Sanofi v. Watson Laboratories Inc., Sandoz Inc.,, [2016-2722, 2016-2726] (November 9, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s final judgment rejecting the obviousness challenge to claims 1–6, 8–13, and 16...more

Updated USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Includes Significant Increases and Additions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week established an updated patent fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The updated schedule provides for a modest increase for most fees—but also more significant...more

USPTO Patent Fees To Go Up January 2018

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While Congress is trying to pass a tax reform bill that would cut corporate taxes, USPTO patent fees will increase effective January 16, 2018. The 72% jump in the Inter Partes Review request fee has gotten the most attention,...more

USPTO Revised Patent Fees, Oh My!

On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued and published the final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017.” The final rule set or adjusted certain patent fees, as provided by the Leahy-Smith America...more

Patents in the burgeoning cannabis industry

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

With cannabis legal in 29 states for medical use and in eight states for recreational use, there is a surge of entrepreneurism and an influx of capital into the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Although cannabis remains a...more

Proposed Emergency Patent Grant Measures in Brazil

The Brazilian Government may soon launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Patent Office's backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications. The proposed rules for implementing the new...more

IP considerations in the early stages of drug development – how to pick your moment

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

The step of identifying an initial lead drug candidate is the cornerstone of the drug development process and is also usually the point at which actions are taken to protect the associated intellectual property (IP). However,...more

USPTO Fee Increases Impact IPR Filing Costs

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Much like death and taxes, USPTO fee increases are a sure thing. On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued a new final rule raising many of the fees charged by the Office. The Office also provided a chart that shows the...more

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