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.

Crafting an Effective Patent Strategy: How FitBit Built Its Portfolio

March 15, 2019

We’re starting a blog series that examines how successful startups have approached the patent process, and how those strategies dovetail with our discussions in earlier blog posts about crafting a smart patent strategy. Last month, we kickstarted...

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Crafting an Effective Patent Strategy: How Uber Built Its Portfolio

January 31, 2019

In our previous blog posts, we’ve extensively covered various approaches for crafting a smart patent strategy, especially as it pertains to startups. But how has that played out for specific companies?

With that question in mind, we’re creating a...

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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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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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How Smart Tech Executives Approach the Patent Process: 5 Ingredients for Success

October 11, 2018

According to MIT Sloan Management Review, a company’s IP strategy is most likely to be successful when its executives are highly involved in the patent process. Importantly, this held true regardless of what industry the company operated in.


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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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International Patent Protection for Startups: 6 Factors to Consider

February 22, 2018

Patents give you the right to exclude others from making, selling, using, or importing a particular product or service — and to claim royalties from anyone who infringes your patent.

Patents are also country-specific: Your U.S. patent can’t be...

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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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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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