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.

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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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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Should Software Startups Seek Patent Protection?

May 24, 2018

Software patents are somewhat controversial in both the legal and technical worlds. There’s a well-documented public policy debate about whether software patents are good or bad for the economy overall. For example,  a 2015 whitepaper by the...

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How to Slow Down Patent Prosecution With the USPTO

May 10, 2018

This is the second in a two-part blog series on controlling the speed of the patent process. (Read part one here.)

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How to Speed Up Patent Prosecution at the USPTO

April 26, 2018

This is the first in a two-part blog series on controlling the speed of the patent process. (Read part two here.)

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Filing in the United States via PCT Application: Bypass Continuation or National Stage Entry?

March 15, 2018

Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), you can file a single “international” application that’s effective as an initial application with all PCT member states. This allows you to secure a filing date — while deferring the decision about where...

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When’s the Right Time to Start the Patent Process?

February 08, 2018

At Henry Patent Law Firm, we frequently hear from innovators and startup owners who are seeking to patent their inventions.

Although patent protection is often the right business move for these folks, they frequently also face constraints like a...

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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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