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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.

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 […]

Lee Resigns; Matal Appointed Acting Director of USPTO

In the day following Michelle Lee’s resignation as Director of the USPTO, Joseph Matal was announced as Acting Director.

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 […]

How Patents Work

Patents are paper documents and records that grant ownership of an idea to a person. In other words, if you come up with a brilliant idea, such as a gasoline powered engine, you can create a patent, or a detailed description of your invention, and then file a patent surrounding it. The patent is held […]

The Common Types of Available Patents in the United States

In order to have a patent on a certain product, intellectual property, or an invention you must first file a patent application at the USPTO or the US Patent and Trademark Office located near you. When applying for a patent, even though the invention might have been an easy success for you, the patent can […]

What is a Patent?

How many times have you come across inventors who have been ripped off because they did not obtain a patent for their inventions? Quite often isn’t it? Even if you do not specifically know someone, hop online and do a quick search. Chances are you will find hundreds of stories of people claiming that they […]

Patent Trolls and Intellectual Property Laws

Are you an inventor? Do you create beautiful paintings or take wonderful pictures? What about an author, are you writing a book? Opening a new business? If you can say yes to any of these questions, you have an interest in Intellectual Property laws. Have you looked into these? As with any law, there are […]

7 Easy Steps to Selling Your Patent

Now that you have done all the leg work and have successfully acquired your patent, you may be wondering if you should push forward into production and venture down that sometimes daunting road, or if you should put a price tag on your invention and sell it to the highest bidder? If you choose to […]

What Documents are Needed When Filing an Application for a Patent

Magazines, books, comics, clothing, and a ton of other products have specialized trademarks on them. These trademarks are used to acknowledge the source of the products. For written works, art, and anything in the artistic spectrum, copyright laws apply. Patents are different from trademarks or copyright because they deal solely with an invention of some […]

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