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The Changing Reality of Making Music in the Internet Age

Things have changed in a way because technology has allowed sampling of very specific parts of songs to take place sometimes without written prior acknowledgement or permission …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

ZTE and BlackBerry have largest smartphone security portfolios, but others are catching up

In the world of smartphones, it’s looking like paranoia is becoming much more profitable in recent years. Huge security breaches at major corporations around the world …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 4

Patent market dynamics and the impact of Alice and the AIA

The market price plummeted in the second half of 2011, and set off the downward spiral that stormed through the second half of 2013 when the market price reached …
By Jack Lu
3 years ago 4

In Memory: Remembering Hall of Fame Inventors One Final Time

Mid way through the National Inventor's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony the celebration paused for the sad annual ritual of remembering Hall of Fame inductees who have …
By Renee C. Quinn
3 years ago 4

McDonalds showing serious signs of being dead in the water

In response to all of these body blows to McDonald’s, CEO Steve Easterbrook announced a number of changes that he hopes will set the corporation on …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 8

43rd Annual Inventors Hall of Fame Ceremony Honors Champions of Innovation

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Gene and I attended the National Hall of Fame 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the National Portrait …
By Renee C. Quinn
3 years ago 1

If patent reform goes wrong

A truism in politics is that issues are driven by stories. One of the most successful is the saga of the patent troll. That’s driving the …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 3

USPTO Hopes for More Submissions of Prior Art with New Patent Application Alert Service

The Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS), born of a partnership between the USPTO and Reed Tech, a LexisNexis company, is a system that provides customized email alerts …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 4

Judge Michel says Congress stuck in a time warp on patent reform

The problem facing the country as embodied in Congressional proposals to change the patent system is that it’s stuck in a time warp. Congress acts as …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 6

Evolution of Diapers: How the waterproof diaper cover made parenting much simpler

Marion Donovan invented a few products that made some everyday life tasks easier, the most important of which is the waterproof diaper cover. Donovan’s dedication to …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 8

Why customer stays are terrible for the patent system

Another discrepancy is between the stated legislative goals and the actual proposed language. This is perhaps demonstrated in starkest relief in the “customer stay” provision found in …

Senate Judiciary divided on PATENT Act even if it is a step in the right direction

Given the collective bias of the witness panel, it is hardly surprising that on the issue of the PATENT Act there was a clear, positive consensus in …

Evolution of Technology: Bluetooth, the once and future king

Although not the only innovator to have a hand in the development of the wireless communications standard, Jaap Haartsen was responsible for some important Bluetooth advances and …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Patent Strategy: Building a patent portfolio with meaningful rights

Last week I wrote about adopting a patent strategy in order to lay the foundation for success. What the article did not touch upon, however, is how …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 1

Trademark System Maintenance

On May 8th through May 10th, the USPTO will perform maintenance on the following trademark …
By U.S.P.T.O.
3 years ago 0