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.

Patent Infringement: How It's Proven, and How This Should Influence Your Patent Filings

January 04, 2019

As a patent owner, you have the legal right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell the invention. Put another way, your competitors cannot make, use, sell, or offer the invention described in your patent’s claims...

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Crafting a Smart Patent Strategy: 7 Advantages for Tech Startups Over Large Companies

December 21, 2018

By building a robust patent portfolio, tech startups can gain a competitive edge in their industry:

  • Increase your profit margins
  • Exclude your competitors from monetizing your inventions
  • Create prior art against your competitors’ patents
  • ...
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How to Ensure High-Quality Patents in Emerging Tech Fields

December 18, 2018

Over the past decade or so, the U.S. patent system has evolved significantly, thanks to a combination of new legislation, USPTO initiatives, court decisions, and various strategies employed by individuals and corporations alike — here are the...

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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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