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.

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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7 Tips for a Successful Relationship With Outside Patent Counsel

September 28, 2017

While some legal issues are best managed in-house, there are many instances where engaging outside counsel is necessary — especially if your company is building a patent portfolio.

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