IP watchdog

Design Patents 101: Understanding Utility Patents’

Design patents provide powerful protections both on their own and as a complement to their more well-known cousin, utility patents. The highly publicized Apple v. Samsung lawsuits of the previous decade featured both design and utility patents, and revitalized public awareness of design patents in general. In fact, it was infringement of the design patents that resulted in the large damages awards... »


How to Protect Your IP as a Business Owner

When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, ideally, you want to act as quickly and aggressively as possible. What this means, in practice, is that as soon as you start to apply for state or federal licensing, incorporating, or taking any sort of legal steps to make your business a reality, you want to start working on getting the proper IP protection. Start identifying elements of the... »


Understanding the Intellectual Property Value Of NFTs

NFTs are digital certificates, or “tokens” stored on decentralized ledgers popularly referred to as the blockchain. NFTs use software code, referred to as “smart contracts,” to transfer the digital certificate of ownership, ensuring proof of ownership in the process. Like cryptocurrency, NFTs also use the blockchain to record transactions, but where cryptocurrency creates i... »

Resources for Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Source: USPTOvideo »

Protecting Your IP From Devaluation With OpenChain Compliance

Source: Coreen Feeley »

IP watchdog

Getting A Patent: Who Should Be Named as an Inventor?

Patents typically have a number of claims broken down into independent and dependent claims. So, you have to look at each of the claims and determine who conceived the invention. There can be cases where different inventors conceived different parts of the invention in different claims. Every time a patent application is filed, we have to ask, “Who are the inventors?” It is a s... »

Bold Patents

Patenting a Medical Device

Nowadays, there has been increasing demands for obesity management & bariatrics, ophthalmology & eye care, nephrology & dialysis equipment for urology and incontinence, and glucose monitoring & insulin infusion, and wound care. That’s why with combined experiences and a solid background in Freedom to Operate Process and Intellectual Property Management, the Medical Device Patent At... »

JD Supra

When Does A Patent Expire?

Most would say 20 years from its effective filing date, unless the USPTO calculated a patent term adjustment. Calculating this date often proves easy: the face of the patent typically shows its earliest effective filing date and the expiration date falls on the 20th anniversary of that filing date. But sometimes it takes a rare fact pattern to make us realize the answer to such a seemingly simple ... »

IP watchdog

The Common Thread of Innovation Ecosystems

Over the past several weeks, it has been our pleasure at IPWatchdog to be a media sponsor for the excellent programming on intellectual property and the innovation ecosystem produced by the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Intellectual property works to provide the underlying rights that secure ownership, which allows for investment. You cannot invest in wha... »

Bold Patents

Freedom to Operate – 2021 Guide

There are two big (and very different) questions that inventors and businesses ask with respect to patents. Ok, well, there are a LOT of questions they ask… but, these are the important ones: Can I get a patent on this invention? Why can’t I sell my invention without being sued? The first question is one that, if you’ve been reading our blogs and following my tutorials, is something that is VERY w... »