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The Cry for Patent Reform and Death to Patent Trolls: States Unite to Answer

If you spend any amount of time looking into cases brought before courts on various levels for intellectual property rights infringements, you will find yourself swimming in a host of well-known names.  Patent trolls, aka: NPE’s or Non-Practicing Entities, have found a niche in the innovative system that is crying for reform.  They lie in […]

Drug company patents

One of the most confusing things for a patient to understand is the generic medication versus the name brand.  Of course, we all know the name brand is more expensive, but really, what is the difference in the medication?  Is there a difference between Viagra and Sildenafil?  Is there a difference between Wellbutrin and Bupropion?  […]

Why Are Patents Important?

Purpose of Patents A patent is important because it can help safeguard your invention.  It can protect any product, design or process that meets certain specifications according to its originality, practicality, suitability, and utility.  In most cases, a patent can protect an invention for up to 20 years. This time period starts soon as you […]

New IP Czar Named

DC Attorney Danny Marti has been named the new IP Czar

Resolution of the NPX/Blackberry Case

Several years ago, a company called NXP filed suit against Blackberry claiming that the phone company infringed upon six patents held by NXP, a semiconductor company based in the Netherlands and a spinoff of Phillips.  Although NXP dropped three of the charges, that still left three remaining charges that eventually got heard by a federal […]

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.

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