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The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

Posted: Saturday, Nov 26, 2011 @ 2:48 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 4 comments
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Posted in: Educational Information for Inventors, Gene Quinn, Inventors Information, IP News, Articles, Patent Basics, Patents



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Top 5 Twitter Myths Busted: Twitter Demystified

Posted: Friday, Nov 25, 2011 @ 2:34 pm | Written by Renee C. Quinn | 6 comments
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Posted in: Brand Building, Business, Internet, IP News, Articles, Marketing, Renee Quinn, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter

When I speak at events, one of the most common questions I get from professionals is, “What is the purpose of Twitter.” Those of us who use Twitter know what the purpose of Twitter is and how to use it though. But for many, the concept of micro-blogging is still quite a mystery. Once you understand what to tweet, how to tweet and how much to tweet, you are quickly able to make excellent connections, increase your website statistics and search engine ranking, find some of your best brand advocates, and benefit quickly and efficiently from word of mouth marketing. In fact, next to YouTube, micro-blogging on Twitter is one of the quickest ways for information about you, your brand, your business, your products and your services to go viral.

Before one can feel comfortable on Twitter, they must first understand the purpose of Twitter, realize the potential of Twitter and learn how they can use Twitter to meet their overall marketing objectives.  Following, I will discuss and demystify 5 of the top myths about Twitter use for business and give you pointers on how you can get the most out of your Twitter account.

Happy Thanksgiving and Turkey Frying Patents

Posted: Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 @ 12:00 am | Written by Gene Quinn | 2 comments
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Posted in: Fun Stuff, Gene Quinn, Holiday Patents, IP News, Articles, Patents

Did you know that since President George H. W. Bush started the tradition of pardoning turkeys in 1989 there have been 24 turkeys to receive Presidential Pardons, sparing them from the dinner table?  Somewhat ironically, that first turkey to receive a Presidential Pardon was sent to Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Virginia.  In any event, the latest two turkeys to receive a Pardon were Peace and Liberty, both who received a pardon by President Barack Obama in a ceremony held on the North Portico of the White House.

But was President George H. W. Bush the first to pardon a turkey?  According to the definitive history of turkey pardons on the White House blog, the answer is technically yes but not really yes.  While there are rumors that President Lincoln issued the first pardon at the behest of his son, it is known that in 1963 President Kennedy returned the turkey sent to the White House saying: “We’ll just let this one grow.”  Perhaps not exactly a pardon, but the turkey was spared the death penalty.

In re Lovin: The Examiner’s Answer is Too Late To Make a Proper Rejection of Dependent Claims

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 @ 11:05 am | Written by Sue D. Nym | 12 comments
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Posted in: Federal Circuit, Guest Contributors, IP News, Articles, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, USPTO

The Federal Circuit is considering whether to hear In re Lovin en banc, and indeed they should rehear Lovin en banc.  The Federal Circuit should defend the applicant’s right to receive a meaningful explanation of claim rejections before the applicant is required to rebut the rejections.

Lovin has received exceptional attention in the patent law blogosphere.  The facts of Lovin are discussed here at Ryan Alley’s blog.  In short, Lovin permits an examiner to wait until an examiner’s answer to explain how and why dependent claims are rejected.  What’s worse, Lovin permits the examiner to require the applicant to provide a substantive reason for patentability before the examiner explains the rejection.  There have also been prominent discussions of Lovin regarding the PTO’s compliance with administrative law at PatentlyO and at IPWatchdog.

A Law Students Guide to Finding a Patent Law Job

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 @ 8:35 am | Written by Gene Quinn | 1 Comment »
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Posted in: Gene Quinn, IP News, Articles, Patents

Last week I was on the Road in Western Pennsylvania, with a quick road-trip north to visit Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, visiting Duquesne University School of Law on Wednesday for a lunch and learn presentation and then the University of Pittsburgh School of Law on Thursday for another lunch and learn presentation.  In between, on Wednesday evening, I drove out to Dubois, Pennsylvania to give a presentation to the Entrepreneurs Club that is associated with the Small Business Development Center of Clarion University.

As with most presentations to inventor or entrepreneur groups things quickly moved into answering questions from the audience, who then dictate where we spend our time.  On the other hand, my presentation to the law students at Duquesne and Pitt were remarkably predictable.  Whenever I travel to speak at law schools I inevitably get asked questions about what students should be doing to (1) set themselves up in a position to be hired; and (2) how to ultimately land a job.  With that in mind I thought it might make sense to do a primer on steps that can be taken in order to find a legal job.

Updating the Top Patent Blogs

Posted: Monday, Nov 21, 2011 @ 12:19 pm | Written by James Yang | 19 comments
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Posted in: Blogs & Websites, Guest Contributors, IP News, Articles, Patents

I updated the Top 50 Patent Blogs list that Gene started back in 2009.  Its dwindled below 50 because a few sites no longer exist.  I provide two different ways to rank the blogs in the list.  The first method which is Google’s page rank is more qualitative which I think might be a bit more fair to those that write and maintain their blogs out of passion.  The second method is Alexa figures which calculate traffic to a blog over the past three months.

When I first started blogging, I read most of the blogs in Gene’s top 50 list.  Its possible if you read them through a reader.  Over a very short period of time, I stopped reading a few of the blogs.  Believe it or not.  I stopped reading some of the most popular blogs.  The writing style and content of those blogs didn’t give me any useful content.  As I was compiling the Top Blogs list below, I started to think about a more equitable ranking system.  Each blog has its own flavor and that is the way a blog should be written.  As you will see, I didn’t include magazines that had a popular blog because the blog didn’t have a personality behind the blog.  I just think that a blog should be an extension of one’s persona online.

The Software IP Detective: Infringement Detection in a Nutshell

Posted: Sunday, Nov 20, 2011 @ 9:00 am | Written by Bob Zeidman | Comments Off
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Posted in: Bob Zeidman, Computers, Copyright, Guest Contributors, IP News, Articles, Patent Litigation, Patents, Software, Trade Secrets

Gene has asked me to write an executive summary that conveys the essence of my new book, The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection. While I definitely appreciate his request, I hope I’m not completely successful because that would mean that the two years of nights and weekends I spent writing the book, not to mention the years developing the mathematical algorithms and the methodologies described in the book, could have been done in a single evening.

I’ve personally been working as an expert witness in intellectual property disputes, specializing in software cases, for about 15 years. When I began working in this area, I found that most experts used a combination of off-the-shelf computer code analysis programs, home-grown analysis programs, and lots of long hours and late nights poring over lines of code. Some experts used tools available from universities that are called “software plagiarism detection tools” that produced dubious results even when they executed correctly. Expert reports were then written and rebutted. Arguments often got very technical and detailed and could easily confuse a non-technical judge or jury. Different experts often had different definitions of plagiarism or found different signs that they considered markers for copied code. Some parties to a litigation, and some experts they hired I’m sad to say, seemed to purposely cloud the issue to justify illicit or at least questionable behavior. I decided that a standard measure of software copying that could be objectively tested was needed, and so I developed code correlation.

Top 5 Myths About Social Media for Business

Posted: Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 @ 1:15 pm | Written by Renee C. Quinn | 18 comments
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Posted in: Business, IP News, Articles, Renee Quinn, Social Media, Social Networking

Social media is quickly become THE way to market your business. In the US, more than two thirds of all adults who are active online are also actively using social media today, However, there is still a whopping 57% of businesses who, for one reason or another do not understand the real impact that social media can have on their businesses. Gaining new and retaining old customers, sharing your products and services to a broader audience and giving your customers a voice, are just a few of the many benefits that using social media can bring to your business. There are many myths and misconceptions that keep business owners and marketers from reaping the benefits that social media. If you are one of these businesses, let me “set you free” to explore all that social media has to offer.