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How Patents Enable Mavericks and Challenge Incumbents

Advocates for “patent reform” have long argued that reducing patent protection will open up markets and accelerate innovation by lowering entry barriers and expanding access to existing …
By Jonathan Barnett
1 day ago 7

Innovation Alliance Urges Biden Administration to Support Patent Rights

On January 11, Brian Pomper, Executive Director of the Innovation Alliance, sent a letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris urging support for strong patent rights and …
By IPWatchdog
8 days ago 24

National Advertising Division Says Pre-Launch Investor Presentation Can Be Challenged Under Advertising Law

It has long been a fundamental tenet of advertising law that comments made to investors, and particularly those made before the commercial launch of a product or …

How the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic Changed IP Practice

Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with saying “the only thing that is constant is change.”  In 2020, life for everyone changed, including for those in the intellectual property (…

Biden’s Innovation and Inclusion Initiatives Will Depend Heavily on IP Rights to Succeed

What intellectual property (IP) rights achieve, and for whom, is a mystery to most people, including heads of state. President-elect Biden's ambitious plan to support all of …
By Bruce Berman
1 month ago 6

Using LinkedIn for IP Business Development: Winning (and Losing) Strategies

As of December 2020, LinkedIn, Microsoft’s social networking service for professionals, has over 722 million total members in 200 countries and regions worldwide. Its growth seems unstoppable: the service …
By Carlo Cotrone
1 month ago 3

Potential Impact of China’s Export Control Law in Acquisition of Technology Companies

Acquiring intellectual property from China has just become more complicated because of China’s Export Control Law. On October 17, 2020, the Standing Committee of China’s legislature, the …
By Shui Li
2 months ago 0

A Conversation with Cloudflare Co-Founder Michelle Zatlyn on the Future of the Internet and the Role of IP

The IP Tech Summit, researched and produced by Premier Cercle, took place virtually this year, on December 3-4, and focused on new intellectual property strategies for open …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 0

Trade and Commerce in West Africa and How it Influences IP Rights

To do business in Africa, it is important to understand how African countries conduct trade and commerce among themselves and with the rest of the world. Specifically, …
By Joy Azumara
2 months ago 0

The Blockchain Patent Landscape Shows Accelerating Growth

On March 16, 2020, Bitcoin sold at $5,024, down from its previous high of over $19,000. On November 25, 2020, it sold at over $19,000 again. Interest in blockchain technology and Bitcoin, in particular, …
By Thomas Isaacson
2 months ago 2

SEP Owner Obligations: Analyzing FRAND Statements for Cellular Wireless SEPS (Part IV)

This is the fourth in a series of articles analyzing statements made by various entities in the cellular industry regarding licensing Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) on a …
By Curtis Dodd & Chris Dubuc
2 months ago 0

Supreme Court Ponders Proper Application of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In Van Buren v. United States, argued December 1, the Supreme Court has a chance to address how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act applies when a defendant …
By Peter J. Toren
2 months ago 1

This Week in Washington IP: Tech Antitrust During Biden, ADR for Copyright Small Claims and Cybersecurity in State and Local Governments

This week in Washington IP news, Senate committees will convene a series of business meetings, including one by the Senate Judiciary Committee to look at a proposed …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 0

Maximize Your Patent Portfolio Using Helferich-Style Claims

Patent owners often obtain patents to protect products, as well as complementary products or use cases associated with those products. However, when selling or licensing the patented …
By Michael Woodward
2 months ago 0

How Patents Helped Sprout the World’s First Plantable Pencil

It has likely been a while since most of even used a pencil – but would we use them more if they grew flowers, trees and herbs? Enter, …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 1