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An Exclusive Interview with Ray Niro, Mr. Patent Litigation

Raymond P. Niro is patent litigator with tremendous experience and a reputation that is larger than life. To some he is a champion of independent inventors and …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 5

Patent Searching 101: A Patent Search Tutorial

Once you receive manageable results you need to read the patents and see which ones are relevant. Try various search terms to make sure you are covering …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 11

International Patent & Trademark Filings Set New Record in 2011

Despite difficult economic conditions worldwide, international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – a growth of 10.7% when compared …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 1

Patent Hoteling Program Succeeding as a Business Strategy

The telework program affords employees the ability to work from home from 1 to 5 days a week, and the largest of these telework programs — the Patent Hoteling Program (…
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 8

What is WIPO Doing to Combat International Patent Scams?

A conversation with Matthew Bryan, who is the Director of the PCT Legal Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) regarding what WIPO is doing to …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 1

Big Brother Sues Israeli Reality Show for Copying

This lawsuit could set a precedent in Israeli copyright laws concerning television formats and could reveal behind-the-scenes industry secrets. The Israeli Copyright Law 2007 does not provide copyright …
By Ariel Dubinsky 4 years ago 0

Making it Easier to Get a Patent

Contrary to popular belief, things are getting much better in business methods. Applications filed in 1999 had prosecution times of over 10 years (lower green arrow). These and subsequent …
By Mark Nowotarski 4 years ago 22

More Cybersquatting on the Horizon with Launch of New gTLDs

On January 12, 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, more commonly known simply as ICANN, began accepting applications for new gTLDs. Until March 29, 2011, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 2

Prior User Rights: Rewarding Those Who Don’t Contribute

Prior user rights also implicate free rider problems with respect to a subsequent patent that an inventor obtains covering the subject matter of the secret prior user. …

Reviewing a Patent Application Drafted by an Inventor

With all of this in mind, like many others I tell inventors that if they are going to do it themselves they should consider getting a patent …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 22

Using U.S. Copyright Law to Get Removed from Jerk.com

Jerk.com is one of those sites on the Internet that is the poster-child for everything wrong with the Internet and the anonymous communications that are so …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 28

Women’s History Month: PTO Women’s Symposium in Shreveport

Later in the month in Shreveport, Louisiana, the USPTO will hold its 2nd Annual Women's Entrepreneur Symposium. This event will take place from March 25 - 26, 2012, and is …
By Renee C. Quinn 4 years ago 1

Are Some Patent Holders More Equal Than Others?

What’s troubling is that Hewlett Packard itself, the original startup headquartered in a garage, was one of the earliest and most-respected leaders of the 20th Century …
By Bernard J. Cassidy 4 years ago 9

A Patent Bigfoot? The Mythical First Action Allowances DO Exist!

Top 50 Law Firms with the most first action allowances according to PatentCore data. But where are these first action allowances coming from? All over the Patent Office …
By Gene Quinn 4 years ago 21

Are the Smartphone Patent Wars Giving Patents a Bad Rap?

So who is the villain in all of these wars responsible for again giving patents a bad rap? Well, the villain in not the ITC, USPTO or …
By Raymond Millien 4 years ago 14