USPTO Patent Examination Outcomes After Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The U.S. patent system involves an interdependent and dynamic network of institutions. As one of the central institutions in this network, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) evaluates and adjusts to changes that originate in other parts of the system. Through those adjustments, the USPTO is able to optimize the timeliness and quality of patent examination while staying within th... »

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Protecting Innovations Through Patent Due Diligence and FTO Analysis

Innovations that arise in competitive markets with a well-developed and rapidly evolving IP space often integrate several pre-existing technologies from various scientific and engineering disciplines. For companies that operate in such an environment, protecting innovations by conducting patent due diligence and freedom-to-operate (FTO) analysis can be integral to growth and provide a competitive ... »

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Artificial Intelligence in the Life Sciences Industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing sector of the life sciences industry, with broad-ranging applications in drug discovery, biotechnology, medical diagnosis, clinical trials, precision and personalized medicine and patient monitoring. The recent uptick of AI use in this industry is likely due to the increasing availability of “big data.” AI technologies including machine learning, d... »

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Should Inventions Be Patented?

In an increasingly knowledge‐driven economy, the individual or the business will invariably need creative or inventive ideas or concepts to improve an existing feature, add a useful new feature to your product or develop a new product. The market demands more creative ideas that can make life much easier. The business must develop such an idea or concept that solves a technical problem in an unexp... »


How to Patent an App and Protect Your IP

Have you developed a mobile application (app)? App development is a fast-paced industry and one that many inventors and app developers alike are keen to enter. When you create something inventive and new, you will need to protect your invention. For this reason, you should consider obtaining a patent for your app to ensure your intellectual property (IP) is well-protected. This article will explai... »

Patent Analytics

Protecting Your Intellectual Property With Patent Alternatives

Issued patents can be deadly. Enterprises of all stripes face burgeoning risks that competitors will obtain blocking patents. Even strong manufacturers with worldwide distribution, well-branded products and adoring customers can be stopped dead in their tracks by broad competitive patents. Just how deadly are competitive patents? Consider this, if your competitor is granted a patent broad enough t... »

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IP Protection – Strategies for In-House and General Counsel

NPEs legally purchase patents that are unused or no longer relevant from the original owners or on the secondary market. In recent cases that have drawn public ire and political attention, some NPEs have targeted small businesses that don’t have the technical or financial resources to defend against infringement claims. PricewaterhouseCoopers found that two-thirds of all patent infringement lawsui... »

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When to Use the Patent Cooperation Treaty—and Why It’s So Popular

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) enables applicants to file one application, called an international application, in a standardized format in an authorized Receiving Office, and have that patent application treated as a regular national patent application in all Member Countries to the PCT. The PCT also provides for the establishment of an international search report and written opinion and pub... »

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Patent Protection in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has set off a veritable explosion of biomedical research, as innovators all around the world rush to answer the urgent calls of health care systems and governments in crisis. As a result, it is more important than ever before for innovators in the biomedical sciences to have a sensible approach to balancing the need to protect their intellectual property rights in key markets... »


Patent Protection Benefits to the Inventor

The first of three patent protection benefits is an exclusionary right.  A patent erects a barrier to enter so that others cannot compete against the inventor.  They would not be able to introduce their version of the patented product into the marketplace. If competitors do enter the market, the inventor could sue competitors and make them “disgorge” (i.e., give back) profits and enjoin them from ... »