Category: Patents

7

Jul

2017

Trying to Take Over the World: When is it Appropriate to File a Foreign Patent Application?

So you’ve filed a patent application in the United States and created a product that you dream will be a best seller, but your dream doesn’t stop there. You want to go bigger and bolder. You don’t just want to be the best in your local area, but the best in the United States. Still not big enough? How about being the best worldwide! How do you do that, you ask? You file a foreign patent application! Okay, let’s take a step back. Maybe world domination isn’t on your radar but protecting your invention on a larger scale may be important. Determining the appropriate markets to approach and protect your product from is a vital step in the strategic process of getting you closer to your goal. Here is some basic information worth considering when deciding when a foreign patent application may be appropriate.

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21

Sep

2016

Changing Tide: Facial Animation Software Patents Survive Review

The landscape of software patents has been in disarray since the Alice decision by the Supreme Court in 2014. In that case, the Supreme Court determined that the patent in question was directed to an “abstract idea” and that implementing those claims on a computer could not be patentable subject matter. Continue reading

18

Sep

2016

What Does A Patent Grant Mean For a Start-Up?

At Georgia’s 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute this past weekend, Janet Gongola, a patent reform coordinator and associate solicitor at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), spoke about recent initiatives at the USPTO. She also touched on incoming changes and statistics about patent applications and applicants.

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