Intellectual Property Law Blog

Archive for the ‘Patents’ Category

Panitch Schwarze Partner Collaborates with IP Lawyers in Australia and New Zealand

October 18th, 2017

In August, I embarked on a trip to Australia and New Zealand to visit several colleagues with whom the firm has worked on patent and trademark matters for the mutual benefit of clients to both their countries and the U.S.

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Recognizing Inventor Howard Head

July 7th, 2017

Try as he might, tall and lanky Howard Head never could claim to be truly proficient at the sports he loved. But he could say that he changed them forever. As he explained it when I first met him, he was a frustrated weekend athlete, and he thought that his frustration was linked to the equipment available.

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UPC Update: Surprise UK Elections Likely to Delay Start of Unitary Patent System

June 7th, 2017

As we have discussed previously, European Union member countries are completing the final steps to implement an intergovernmental system that will streamline the process for securing and enforcing patent rights across Europe. Having a simpler, centralized system in place will open up a new patent portfolio management strategy for small and medium-sized IP-driven companies.

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U.S. Supreme Court Upsets 30 Years of Precedent, Changing Where Companies Can Be Sued for Patent Infringement

May 22nd, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, May 22, 2017, changed the playing field regarding where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits against accused infringers.

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Chinese Companies Awarded More U.S. Patents in 2016

January 31st, 2017

U.S. patent data recently released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms that IBM was again awarded the most U.S. patents in 2016 – a whopping 8088! Other U.S. companies in the top 10 were Qualcomm, Google, Intel, and Microsoft, with Apple coming in at number 11.

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USPTO Closer to Recognizing Patent Agent Privilege?

December 9th, 2016

A key element of our justice system, the attorney-client privilege, was put in place to ensure that every citizen can obtain sound legal advice. Confidences discussed with an attorney in order to obtain legal advice are privileged from discovery in litigation. When it comes to the protection of intellectual property rights, patent attorneys, like all other lawyers, enjoy this privilege with their clients.

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NO PATENT FOR YOU! Can a software-related claim that recites only generic computer elements be statutory under 35 USC 101?

July 21st, 2016

Unlike the infamous Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode – in which you could get your soup if you just kept your head down, did not engage in small talk with the owner, or ask for free bread – software inventors are finding it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to obtain patents or enforce their existing patents no matter how novel their inventions are, and no matter how narrow they are willing to claim their invention.

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What Does the Brexit Vote Mean for IP Protection?

July 7th, 2016

As is well known by now, the citizens of Great Britain have chosen to leave the European Union (EU), a move popularly dubbed the “Brexit.” Despite the economic upheaval and media firestorm surrounding the vote, the realm of intellectual property law is unlikely to see any immediate consequences from the Brexit.

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What the UPC Means for Your Patent Strategy

June 16th, 2016

The process for securing patent protection and for enforcing patent rights in the European Union soon will become much simpler, opening up a new patent portfolio management strategy that previously might have been out of reach of many small and medium-sized IP-driven companies.

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Understanding the Three Types of U.S. Patents

June 2nd, 2016

Scientists who are focused on their research in a laboratory may not be thinking ahead to the future business applications of their discoveries. But protecting the intellectual property developed in the lab should be a critical consideration for all scientists, whether they are working solo or are part of a large R&D department at a major corporation.

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