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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
5 years ago 6

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 …

Becoming Patent Bar Eligible: What Courses are Acceptable?

When determining whether to accept a particular course one particularly important consideration is whether the course has been accepted for college-level credit for a Category A degree …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 16

First to File Means File First! The Risk of Not Immediately Filing a Patent Application

When people say that inventors do not need to start with a patent application and can wait to file I cringe. It is not that this is …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 1

Patent Drafting for Beginners: The anatomy of a patent claim

First, every patent claim needs a preamble, which is the introductory phrase in a claim... Second, every patent claim needs a transition. The most common transitions are: “…
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 21

Funding Your Invention: Get Started with Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding addresses the two biggest challenges many inventors have. “What is the market for my product?” and “How do I get initial funds to produce it?” Conventional …
By Mark Nowotarski
9 years ago 38

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
12 years ago 1

PCT Basics: Obtaining Patent Rights Around the World

For better or for worse, there is no such thing as a world-wide patent. There is, however, something that approximates a world-wide patent application that can ultimately …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 1

Design Patent Infringement: How to decide if you should sue

First, look at the merits of the infringement claim. They may be stronger than you think, and you can thank a 2008 ruling for that. That year, the …
By Jerold Schneider
6 years ago 1

Was Thomas Edison a Patent Troll?

But perhaps the most crucial element of the American patent system was that it did not simply encourage ordinary people to participate in inventive activity. It made …

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
6 years ago 0

Beware Open Source Strings Attached if You Want a Patent

Just this week I had the opportunity to consult with a client that is in the process of creating unique software that is, at least in my …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 43

Top Patent Firms for 2016

A list of the top patent firms that are ranked based on the total number of U.S. utility patents that issued in 2016 where the patent firms …
By Paul Harrity & Anna Yee
3 years ago 3

Thomas Edison and the Electric Lamp, Patented Jan. 27, 1880

On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received U.S. Patent No. 223,898, which was simply titled "Electric Lamp." Perhaps Edison's most famous inventions were the phonograph, motion pictures and the …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 31

Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent

As Key works with inventors he coaches, who he refers to as students because he teaches them how to do much of the work for themselves, he …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 15