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January 5, 2018

Many inventors struggle with the question of whether to hire a patent attorney. Here are some things to think about.

January 3, 2018

Patent prosecutors spend a great deal of time pondering the question of whether a particular combination of references ought to render a patent claim obvious.

December 29, 2017

Investment in medical device patents may give the best bang for the buck according to a comprehensive study by PwC.

December 26, 2017

Open innovation requires new strategies to creating and managing IP.  Presently, many companies and universities offer rewards to their inventors for filed patent applications and granted patents.  Chesbrough "Open Innovation" provides an informal survey regarding the reward systems of several technology companies.

Note that Chesbrough's informal survey may be dated, and that the responses may not necessarily reflect company-wide policies.  The survey provides some insight nonetheless.

Interestingly, some companies like HP incentivize the filing...

December 24, 2017

This post is a follow-up to my previous post entitled "Ten Reasons to Fire Your Patent Attorney."  In that post I shared some signs that you might not be getting the best counsel from your patent attorney.  In this post, I will discuss several additional factors to evaluate when considering whether you should cut ties with your attorney, and explain some nuances of patent examination.

1.  Your application is rejected.  Some studies show that approximately 90-95% of patent applications are rejected at least once, and experience confirm...

December 22, 2017

In the United States, inventors have the option of filing a provisional application before filing their non-provisional application.  Provisional applications are never examined, but the inventor may rely on them for providing a priority date against which prior art is assessed.  A provisional application remains pending for 12 months, and within this 12-month period, the applicant must subsequently file a non-provisional patent application, claiming the benefit of the priority application.  It is the non-provisional application that has the p...

December 21, 2017

The cost of a provisional patent application will depend on complexity, technology, completeness, and strategy. Here are some key factors.

December 17, 2017

A patentee who makes or sells a patented article must mark his articles or notify infringers of his patent in order to recover damages.

Section 287(a) provides:

Patentees, and persons making, offering for sale, or selling within the United States any patented article for or under them, or importing any patented article into the United States, may give notice to the public that the same is patented, either by fixing thereon the word "patent" or the abbreviation "pat.", together with the number of the patent...

December 11, 2017

I have had the fortune of working with some brilliant and honest colleagues over the past few years, and I would recommend them without hesitation.  But, when you spend enough time in any industry, you hear certain horror stories.  As with any group, there will always be some bad apples, and it is often difficult for a client or inventor to judge the quality of his patent attorney's work product.  I will try to shed some light on this issue.  Here are ten reasons to fire a patent attorney.

1.  Your patent attorney...