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.

IP Due Diligence: An Intro for Tech Startups

September 12, 2019

We’re starting a new blog series that will examine the IP due diligence process for tech startups and provide insight on due diligence as part of a company’s patent strategy. We begin by briefly introducing the IP due diligence process.

If you’re...

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How 3D Printing Challenges Existing Intellectual Property Law

August 13, 2018

3D printing isn’t a “new” technology by any means, but it’s fast becoming more affordable and accessible.

For one, some of the historic licensing hurdles have been cleared from the field: According to TechCrunch, many of the key patents...

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Patent Assignment: How to Transfer Ownership of a Patent

June 21, 2018

This is the second in a two-part blog series on owning and transferring the rights to a patent. (Read part one here.)

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Patent Ownership Vs. Inventorship: Who Really Controls the Rights to a Patent?

June 14, 2018

This is the first in a two-part blog series on owning and transferring the rights to a patent.

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When Can Prior Art Invalidate an Issued Patent?

April 12, 2018

Recently, a blog reader brought a great question to our attention: If an element in a dependent claim is found in the prior art, does the whole patent fall?

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How to Write an Invention Disclosure Record

March 29, 2018

In a previous blog post, we recommended using IDRs to help document your company’s ownership of an invention.

You might be wondering: what does “IDR” stand for? Well, there’s no official term for the thing we’re talking about. It might go by the...

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What’s the Difference Between a Patent, a Trademark, and a Copyright?

January 25, 2018

Last year, we published a post that discussed the difference between a patent and a trade secret.

Since then, we’ve been asked to take a deep dive into the differences between patents, trademarks, and copyrights — the other common types of...

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What Investors Want to Know About Your IP Strategy

January 18, 2018

If you’re running an early-stage tech company, you’re probably thinking about how you’re going to raise funding.

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How to Do a Prior Art Search Yourself

December 21, 2017

It’s very common for patent attorneys to discourage inventors from doing a prior art search on their own. As the argument goes, it’s best to leave the legal footwork to the legal experts.

But if you’re an expert in your field of science and...

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The Anatomy of a Patent

November 22, 2017

When preparing your patent application, you might want to save money by conducting your own prior art search.

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