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What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

A Software Patent Setback: Alice v. CLS Bank

Truthfully, the Supreme Court decision in Alice can only be described as an intellectually bankrupt. The Supreme Court never once used the word “software” in its decision. …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 15

Patenting Board Games 101

In my experience one of the things that inventors of board games frequently forget is the inclusion of alternative methods of play. Don't just focus on the …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 16

The Evolution of Modern Ballpoint Pen: A Patent History

Bíró was not the first inventor to conceive the use of a rolling ball in socket mechanism for an ink writing utensil. By the latter part …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

As the chart below demonstrates, design patent applications have been on the rise since 1975, but still in fiscal year 2011 there were just over 30,000 design patent applications filed. …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 36

An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process

The first time you will substantively hear from the examiner is when the examiner issues what is referred to as a First Office Action on the Merits (…
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 2

Michael Jackson and the Beatles Copyrights

By now you should have all heard about Michael Jackson’s death. Although it is tragic that such a pop icon could die at such a young …
By Renee C. Quinn
9 years ago 21

The Top 25 Patent Blogs

Last Updated: February 21, 2009. This will be the last update of this list for now, but I will revisit it in several months again. I was wondering what …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 7

Federal Circuit Affirms TTAB Refusal to Register ‘CHURRASCOS’

In a May 13, 2016 decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision upholding an Examiner’s denial of registration based on a finding …

How Long Does a Copyright Last?

Answering the question about how long a copyright lasts, or whether a particular copyrighted work is in the public domain and can be readily used without the …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 1

Design Patents: The Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

Typically an inventor wants to protect the function of the invention when at all possible. But what if you cannot get a utility patent because the underlying …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 3

Alternate Approaches to the Valuation of Intellectual Property

Techniques for valuing intellectual property continue to develop, especially as access to information becomes easier and more efficient. The practice of valuing intellectual property has only been …
By Weston Anson
3 years ago 6

Invention to Patent 101 – Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

So you have an idea and want to file a patent application? There are a number of things that you need to know about the invention and …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

Writing Software Patent Applications

Collecting the information necessary to prepare a patent application covering a computer related invention can be quite challenging. Typically, most computer related inventions today relate at least …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 11

Does My Degree Qualify Me to Take the Patent Bar?

Some of the most popular pages month after month on IPWatchdog.com are our Patent Bar information pages, and given that I teach for the PLI Patent …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 9