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Beware of the Background Section in a Patent Application

The Background section of a patent application should be short and to the point. Anything that you say in the Background can and will be used against you when you prosecute or enforce your patent. The Manual of Patent Examination and Procedure recomm… Read More
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USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global crisis in need of creative solutions. The American patent system has long facilitated such creativity. It serves as the engine of economic growth in the United States by securing exclusive rights for inventors and di… Read More
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How to Decide Whether or…

How to Decide Whether or Not to Publish Your Patent Application

Once you have decided to file a patent application, you should also consider whether or not you want it published. There are strategic reasons for deciding to publish or not to publish, hinging on what your business needs, objectives, and concerns ar… Read More
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USPTO launches IP Marketp…

USPTO launches IP Marketplace, Patents 4 Partnerships, Facilitating COVID-19 Innovation

The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has recently launched an intellectual property (IP) marketplace platform called Patents 4 Partnerships. This platform is intended to help bring together the patent holders of COVID-19 related inventions with po… Read More
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Multiple Color Package De…

Multiple Color Package Designs Can Be Distinctive and Trademarked

The Federal Circuit recently overturned the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s decision in In re Forney Industries, Inc., Case No. 2019-1073 (Fed. Cir. April 8, 2020), which had refused to grant trademark protection to a gradient of multip… Read More
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USPTO confirms AI cannot…

USPTO confirms AI cannot be listed as inventor in a patent application

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises to be one of the most important innovations that powers many disruptive ventures and brings exciting changes to our legal system. AI is already influencing the way we work, travel, shop, and play. From autonomous… Read More
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Patent examination outcom…

Patent examination outcomes Post-Alice seem to improve after USPTO guidance

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International that altered the law on patent subject matter eligibility. Alice Corp., the patent owner, argued that its patent claims directed to a compu… Read More
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U.S. Supreme Court Denies…

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of ABPA v. Ford: Ford’s Win on Enforcing Replacement Parts Design Patents Stands

Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA), which is an association of companies that sells automotive body parts, had sued Ford Global Technologies LLC in U.S. district court. ABPA wanted its members to be able to create and provide replacement parts,… Read More
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Start-Ups: Do You Need a…

Start-Ups: Do You Need a Patent?

In the pre-funding stage, start-up companies are often working on shoe-string budgets and based solely on the experience of their founders and advisory boards. It may be tempting to push legal intellectual property protections off until your project… Read More
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