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A ‘Sweet’ Patent Judgment for Louisiana State University

Just recently Quest Nutrition LLC sued Louisiana State University in court over the rights to a sweetener the university had developed. A case like this highlights the need to have working agreements that lead to patenting written very clearly and then be legally documented. Any ambiguity in the terms of the working agreement has the […]

Shark Tank: Scottevest Controversy Leads to Dropping of Clause

If you have not watched the TV Show “Shark Tank”, it is a show where small business entrepreneurs and inventors go to appear on TV to “be discovered”. This led Scott Jordan, the inventor of TEC (Technology Enabled Clothing) to appear on the show. But there was a nasty little clause in the agreement to […]

The Flap over Flappy Bird

First it was Angry Birds.  Then it was Candy Crush.  Just recently, Flappy Birds became “THE” game to download and play.  Grown adults were taking to twitter to complain about how addicting the game is and how they’d rather play the game than make dinner for their children.  Children were failing homework because they’d rather […]

Why You Need A Patent

A patent could be essential to protecting your invention and making sure that others do not profit from your invention. Without a patent, there is little or no way to stop someone from making, using, or selling your invention.

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights – What’s the Difference?

Many people tend to confuse the types of intellectual property protections that are available to them. In short, a patent protects the function of an invention, a trademark protections a name and/or logo that may be used to identify the source of goods and/or services, and a copyright is meant to protect original works of authorship.

Obtaining Additional Claim Scope In A Related Patent Application

By: Mark Malek In my last post I discussed the different parts of a patent application.  You may recall that one of the parts, the most important part, was the claims.  The claims outline the scope of protection that is being sought in the patent application.  After the patent application successfully passes through examination process, […]

Inventorship and Fraud

Inventor and Fraud

If an inventor is under an obligation to assign the rights to an invention to a company, it would be fraud to try to file the application in the name of another. Engaging in such fraud can open up (and tip over) a can of worms for the inventor that may not be easily cleaned up.

Uncooperative Inventors

Uncooperative Inventors

What happens when an inventor refuses to sign filing documents of a patent application? Remaining inventors may file the patent application without the uncooperative inventor.

How to Correct Inventorship

How To Correct Inventorship On A Patent Application

In cases where either the wrong inventors were listed on a patent application, or if the proper inventors were omitted from the patent application, the Patent Office provides a process for correcting inventorship.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From

This is a great video that outlines where good ideas come from. This is an advertisement for the book by Steve Johnson. A great video to really help inventors getting started, and to help people running a business do so more efficiently.

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