Patent Law News + Insights

Strategic insights and updates on US patent prosecution and global patent portfolio development, for proactive patent professionals and savvy technology executives.

Where Should We File in 2020? Recent Trends in Foreign Patent Filings

November 22, 2019

Foreign patent filings are expensive. Tech startups are always operating on a budget, so if you’re a tech startup operator, you may have to make difficult decisions about whether and where to foreign file

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How Tech Investors Should Approach IP Due Diligence

October 30, 2019

This is the final post in a four-part blog series that examines the IP due diligence process for tech startups and provides insight on due diligence as part of a company’s patent strategy. Read part one, part two and part three.

If you’re an...

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IP Due Diligence: How Deep Should We Dive?

October 18, 2019

This is the third in a four-part blog series that examines the IP due diligence process for tech startups and provides insight on due diligence as part of a company’s patent strategy. Read part one, part two, and part four.

When you’re starting...

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The Pros and Cons of Fixed-Fee Budgets for Patent Prosecution

March 21, 2019

I’ve served as outside patent counsel for tech companies of all sizes, and have found that there are both benefits and negative (usually unintended) consequences to fixed-fee patent budgets.

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How To Save Money on Your Patent Portfolio: Invest Upfront in Quality Patent Filings

February 25, 2019

When thinking about the cost of patents, people often focus entirely on the immediate (short-term) cost of getting the patent application drafted and filed.

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Location, Location, Location: Do We Need to Hire a Local Patent Law Firm?

September 13, 2018

When choosing a patent attorney to prepare and file patent applications, some people assume you need to hire someone local. But patent attorneys are licensed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (under federal law) rather than state judicial...

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BigLaw Vs. Boutique IP Firms: A Comparison for Hiring Outside Counsel

May 17, 2018

Should you engage a BigLaw or boutique intellectual property (IP) firm to help you with patent prosecution? Many businesses base their decision on cost, according to Law360:

  • When choosing outside legal counsel, 41 percent prioritize...
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Is It Time to Fire Your Patent Attorney? 12 Factors to Consider

April 19, 2018

If you’re reading this post, perhaps you’re dissatisfied with your patent attorney’s services — and wondering whether it’s finally time to call it quits.

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22 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Patent Law Firm

March 22, 2018

A tech company’s relationship with a patent law firm is often a long-term one. That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence to ensure you’re hiring the right attorney for your intellectual property needs.

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We’re a Startup. Do We Really Need a Patent Attorney?

December 28, 2017

The cost of obtaining patent protection can run high. Because many tech startups are operating under a limited budget, they might be tempted to cut corners by self-filing their patent applications.

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