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Patent 10,000,000 is here!

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a press release today announcing U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000, issued to the Raytheon Company for a new type of coherent Ladar invented by Joseph Marron.  This will be the first patent to get a brand new cover design.  If you are curious about patents and inventors of the past, the USPTO has a great web resource here.

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PRO vs. CON: Provisional patent applications

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Patents can be very valuable, but also very expensive. So what about “provisional patents”? I almost always talk people out of filing provisionals. However, as with all other forms of IP, provisionals have their place. And when used in the right ways at the right times for the right reasons, they can provide tremendous value.  Continue reading “PRO vs. CON: Provisional patent applications”

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Maximizing Value from Patents (Part 2: Benefits)

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Part 2 of this multi-part post focuses on the BENEFIT side of a cost/benefit analysis of obtaining patent protection.

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Supreme Court Tightens Patent Venue… Whoop de doo.

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The headlines are calling the Supreme Court’s 8-0 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (May 22, 2017) “groundbreaking.” I’m not so sure. Yes, the case will affect where patent cases can be filed, and it may even be a short-term thorn in the sides of some patent trolls. But I predict little, if any, long-term impact.

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Maximizing Value from Patents (Part 1: The Costs)

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Part 1 of this multi-part post focuses on the cost side of a cost/benefit analysis of obtaining patent protection.

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Beware the Court of Public Opinion

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What do Barbara Streisand, urinals, and craft beer have in common? They have taught us that having enforceable IP rights doesn’t mean you have to enforce them.

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Should You Patent Your App?

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Well… it depends. Sometimes yes, most times no. Importantly, while people will say the software is not patentable, that is simply not true. Patents on innovations implemented in software are available and can be enormously valuable. But they may also be expensive or otherwise ill-advised in many instances. It is important not to jump in without a good understanding of the pros and cons as they relate to your business value and overall strategy. That said, it is also important to consult a patent attorney early and often to make sure you aren’t missing critical dates and losing rights.

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