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.

How to Own Higher Quality Patents

December 13, 2018

Lots of companies in the tech industry rely on a high-volume patent filing strategy. For example, industry titans like IBM, Microsoft, and Apple receive thousands of new patents each year.

Large companies have the financial resources and...

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How to Minimize Intrinsic Patent Risks

November 20, 2018

Is your tech company building a patent portfolio? Making smart decisions to maximize the long term value of your IP assets is key — which is why you need to know about the various risks associated with patent ownership.

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Why Tech Startups Need to Play Offense with Patents (and Why Big Tech Companies Don't)

November 16, 2018

Patents are valuable business assets, and a smart patent portfolio can give your tech company a competitive advantage and add value to your business.

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Mapping Your Patent Strategy: 5 Milestones To Evaluate Success

October 25, 2018

Growing a technology enterprise requires strategic planning and coordination of fundraising efforts, research and development, sales and marketing, product releases, and seemingly a million other things. Where does intellectual property fit in...

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Clarifying Section 101: USPTO Director Andrei Iancu Proposes New Guidance

October 18, 2018

During last month’s Intellectual Property Owners Association 46th Annual Meeting, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu announced that the USPTO is considering “revised guidance” for determining what is and isn’t patent-eligible under Section 101 —...

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Ariosa v. Illumina: Do Provisional Patent Applications Count as Prior Art?

October 05, 2018

In a previous blog post, we discussed whether secret sales should count as prior art under the AIA. The Supreme Court will address this question shortly, in Helsinn v. Teva.

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Helsinn v. Teva: Do Secret Sales Count As Prior Art Under the AIA?

September 28, 2018

In the patent world, the boundaries of what is considered prior art can be fuzzy and dynamic.

The recent case of Helsinn Healthcare SA v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc illustrates this. Helsinn asks, simply, whether secret sales should count as...

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Patenting the Internet of Things: 4 Challenges for Tech Companies

July 27, 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging class of technologies that’s already revolutionized the way we go about our daily lives — look no further than your smart thermostat and your WiFi enabled TV. In the United States alone, the value of...

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Prosecuting Software Patents in the United States: Latest Developments

July 03, 2018

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Alice Corp vs. CLS Bank that abstract ideas implemented on a computer aren’t patent eligible — but failed to define what was considered “abstract.” While the Alice decision isn’t specific to software, it...

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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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