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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 […]

Andrei Iancu Confirmed as Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office

Andrei Iancu has been confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Iancu was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 94-0.

The US Patent and Trademark Office Remains Open During Government Shutdown

At 12:01 AM on January 20, 2018, the United States Government went into shutdown based on impasse in congress over budgeting.  Of course, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an agency of the United States Government.  The government shutdown applies to all “non-essential” government agencies.  For example, agencies that are considered as […]

Protecting Software Using Patent And Trade Secret Law

Protecting Software Using Patent And Trade Secret Law Traditional legal strategies have pitted trade secret law and patent law against one another.  This is because patents are made public while trade secrets must be kept confidential.  However, there is a way to utilize the best of what both have to offer.

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 […]

Negotiating the Distribution of Patented Products: Points to Consider

Every week, it seems, another news story appears about an innovative startup preparing to launch its new take on a product to a waiting market. While consumers and companies alike often eagerly anticipate these launches, they also pose potential risks to the company and its ownership of its intellectual property. Today’s marketplace is more competitive […]

Girl Scouts Launch Intellectual Property Patch

The Girl Scouts, in conjunction with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, have announced an Intellectual Property (“IP”) patch. Information about the patch can be found here. The Girl Scouts already offer an Innovation Badge, and the IP patch is meant to compliment the Innovation Badge. According to the USPTO website the “IP patch […]

Qualcomm Sues Meizu over Patent Infringement

Qualcomm has a history of fighting with a Chinese company known as Meizu. This manufacturer of portable electronics is known for producing items without taking the time to acquire all the proper patent rights for the products that it creates. That’s why Qualcomm has taken legal action against the company many times, and it’s why […]

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