Many Companies Now Protect Product Design

Have you heard of a design patent? Maybe someone you know mentioned this as a less expensive alternative to a “regular” U.S. patent. The U.S. patent laws actually define three basic types of patents: • utility patents • design patents • plant patents Utility patents are by far the most common type of patent. To date, […]
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Sherlock Holmes and the Expired Copyright

Every now and then something in the news appears as a reminder that most intellectual property rights do not last forever. That happened in June when an appeals court ruled on a dispute involving Arthur Conan Doyle’s character sherlock holmes. READ MORE   Reprinted with permission of The Business News
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Pat. Pending Label can be a Strong Deterrent

When you were young you may have asked “who’s that?” when you first noticed the words “Pat. Pending” stamped on a product or a label. Later, you probably learned this is short for “Patent Pending” placed there by the manufacturer to put others on notice that the product is the subject of a pending patent application. […]
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Your Business May Need a Patent Strategy

Does your business have a patent strategy? if not, should it have one? The answer may be “no” if your company delivers products or services that embody no new innovation. however, if your business sells products or services that require significant development costs such as engineering or other creative resources, the answer may be “yes.” READ […]
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Misconceptions about Patents are Many

If you work at one of the many small- to medium-sized businesses that form the backbone of wisconsin’s economy, you probably have a good idea of what a patent is — a property right granted by the government that gives the patent holder exclusive rights to an invention for a limited time. READ MORE   Reprinted […]
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These are Troubled Times for Software Patents

“Anything under the sun that is made by man.” That is how Chief Justice warren Burger in 1980 described the expansive scope of what types of inventions are eligible subject matter under the U.S. patent laws. Of course, in order for something to be patentable, it is not enough to be directed to patent-eligible subject matter — […]
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New Patent Term Adjustment – A Deduction

The new Patent Law provides applicants with additional opportunities to delay the examination process, by filing an application without any claims and by filing an application merely by reference to a prior-filed application. However, the US Patent Office has decided to require that an application should be placed in condition for examination within eight months […]
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Effective Date of the New Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act

The effective date of the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act is December 18, 2013.  The new law applies retroactively to patents granted before that date, as well as to patents granted, on or after that date, and to patent applications pending on or filed after that date. However, the changes relating to filing dates and […]
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Priority Patent Claims

The new patent law amends the patent statute to provide a two-month grace period, extension, for filing an application with a priority patent claim to an earlier filed application.  Namely, the US Patent Office may prescribe regulations, including the requirement for payment of a fee, pursuant to which the 12-month period set forth in the […]
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