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First-To-File … So What?

March 16, 2013 has come and gone, and United States patent law has shifted from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system. So what does that mean to you as an inventor?  First, you need to understand what may qualify as prior art that can render your invention unpatentable.

Get Your TLD on TMCH … ASAP!

In my last post, I posed the following question, “So what is a trademark owner to do to protect her rights in light of the Top-Level Domains (TLDs) expansion?”  Let’s look at the mechanisms put into place recently by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for that very purpose.

On Your Mark, Get Set …

A domain name may be thought of as a human-readable address for a host computer that is accessible through the Internet.  You probably recognize many of these domain names practically as household words:,,  (Hey, I had to try.) Cybersquatting refers to the practice of registering a domain name on the Internet for […]

“Bet You Punks Don’t Remember Deming!”

So you say your company still has not taken the time to document its business processes.  Seriously?  Never heard of Six Sigma, huh?  How about ISO 9000?  TQM?  Kaizen, maybe? Well, Congress has given you a new reason to bother with process documentation, in the form of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Never Too Early, Never Too Late

The output of an intellectual property (IP) landscape analysis is typically a report that captures business factors in a given technology area at a “snapshot” in time and synthesizes findings into actionable information.  The findings in an IP landscape report may be applied to support business decision-making at any level of intellectual asset management (IAM) maturity achieved by […]

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