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.

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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How to Launch a Patent Portfolio: 7 Strategic Steps

November 16, 2017

We’ve previously discussed the various reasons to consider seeking patent protection and the value of patent applications.

Building a patent portfolio is a valuable and essential investment for any tech company: a comprehensive portfolio can help...

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How to Strengthen Your Patent Portfolio Against “Preemptive Strike” IPR Challenges

October 26, 2017

When the America Invents Act (AIA) came into force in 2012 and 2013, it introduced a new USPTO procedure called inter partes review (IPR). This procedure basically allows anyone to preemptively challenge an issued patent before the United States...

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7 Business Best Practices for Protecting Intellectual Property

October 12, 2017

We frequently work with tech companies who need to protect confidential and proprietary information about their technology. If you’re in the same boat, then it’s critical for you to protect your business interests by implementing meaningful data...

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What’s the Difference Between A Patent And a Trade Secret?

August 17, 2017

At Henry Patent Law Firm, we’re often approached by owners of technology-driven startups who want to understand their options for protecting their intellectual property (IP).

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9 Common Mistakes Startups Make During the Patent Process

August 09, 2017

For any tech company, filing a patent application is an important step if you want to protect and commercialize your technology.

But over the course of a long and expensive filing process, it can be all too easy to make a mistake — especially if...

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Should We File a Provisional Patent Application?

July 13, 2017

Depending on who you talk to, you might hear that filing a provisional patent application is always a mistake, or that it’s the right move every time. Many businesses have questioned whether filing a provisional application is worthwhile — or...

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Three Things Tech Founders Need to Know About Patents

October 13, 2016

Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset for any company, and even more so for tech startups, as patents can play a significant role in their ultimate success (as noted here). In fact, a recent report found that startups with patent...

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