The Business of Patents

How to Get Technical Help Without Losing Your Patent Rights

I want to talk to you today about how to get technical help for your business without losing your patent rights.

I want to start out with a quiz. Let’s say you have an employee and that employee does some technical work and ends up developing a patentable invention. Who...

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Patentability Searches versus “Right to Use” Searches

Clients often ask us to perform patentability searches to determine whether it’s worth seeking a patent for an invention. The focus of a patentability search is to determine if an invention is novel, i.e., whether all of its features have been disclosed in a single prior art reference.

The purpose...

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How to Protect Slogans

I know this blog is called “The Business of Patents,” but this is a trademark post.

One thing a lot of people seem to be interested in is how to protect slogans. They want to know how to protect those catchy phrases you hear sometimes like, Nike’s “Just do it”,...

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Drastically Increase Your Chances of Getting a Patent

Today, we want to discuss something you can do in your patent applications to drastically increase your chances of getting them granted as patents.

In order to get a patent, an invention has to be novel, and it has to...

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The Power of Continuation Practice

One very powerful aspect of US patent law is its continuation practice.  The patent statute allows applicants to file an additional patent application based on an earlier still-pending application and pursue different claims as long as those claims are supported by the first application.  The key is that in order...

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