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How To Obtain A Software Patent

Up until recently, software patents accounted for about half of all patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Supreme Court has since made it more difficult to receive a software patent. However, the tide is shifting back in favor of inventors and patent owners. In fact, since the initial […]

Overcoming Patent Application Rejections by the USPTO

35 USC §101 Rejections Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014 there has been a drastic increase in 35 USC §101 rejections. The decision emphasized that inventions “directed to an abstract idea” are not patentable. The U.S. Patent Office has used this decision to reject a majority of software utility […]

Protecting Your Software’s Application Programming Interface (API)

In this article, we are continuing the discussion of a legal strategy to protect software that involves segmenting software into three tiers and protecting each tier separately. This strategy has been developed in response to a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case, Alice v. CLS Bank, that effectively slammed the door on receiving and enforcing software […]

Design Patents to Protect Your Software

In a previous article, we discussed a legal strategy for protecting software that involved segmenting software into three tiers and protecting each tier separately. Those tiers are as follows: Level One: User Interface Level Two: API Level Three: Algorithms and Data Structures This article focuses on the first tier, which involves how the user interacts […]

U.S. Supreme Court Changes Patent Litigation Practice

Summary of the Decision: On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned nearly 30 years of patent litigation practice by narrowing the application of a statute describing where plaintiffs may file a lawsuit. In the past, patent holders have been able to file suit in almost any jurisdiction in which a defendant sells an […]

The Donald Trump Skittles Controversy

Donald Trump is getting a whole lot of attention these days with the election and now being the President-elect. He’s been involved in a whole lot of controversy and people are quoting him on a daily basis, but few are talking about his copyright infringement case. Donald Trump managed to achieve copyright infringement in a […]

Even Celebrities Can Get in Trouble with Infringement Cases

Most celebrities are highly protective of their own brands and they will work hard to maintain their image. They aren’t always so protective of other people’s brands though, and even celebrities have been found guilty of infringement before. It’s pretty common for celebrities, particularly musicians, to get in trouble for copyright problems. Blurred lines by […]

Why Intellectual Property Insurance Makes Sense

If you own a major company that relies on intellectual property as one of the most important elements to success, and this is often a part of most major companies, then you should consider getting intellectual property insurance. This is an insurance property that protects the intellectual property of your company, and helps cover your […]

Paul J. Ditmyer Joins Widerman Malek, PL

Widerman Malek, PL is pleased to announce that Paul J. Ditmyer has joined the firm as a Patent Attorney. Mr. Ditmyer, a member of the Florida bar, graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio with a degree in engineering and then graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Columbus School of Law at the […]

Why Intellectual Property Laws Were Created

Intellectual property laws are as old as the Middle Ages and they probably go back even farther than that, that’s just the oldest proof that we have that they existed at all. Anyway, back in the Middle Ages Guilds were given control of a specific profession or skillset. The guilds were given full control over […]

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