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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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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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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Patent Filing Dates

The Patent Treaty Implementation Act amends the Patent Statute such that non-provisional applications no longer need a claim in order to be accorded a filing date. Required parts of the application to be accorded a filing date include a specification, a fee, and enough information to identify the application.  However, the fee, oath or declaration, […]
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New International Patent Law Treaty

Just as we are getting used to the changes brought by the new America Invents Act, which became fully implemented March 16, 2013, we find that more change is coming. Yes, Congress strikes again, once again in the name of harmonizing and streamlining patent application procedures. While some of these changes may actually be beneficial, […]
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From First to Invent to First to File – Is It Good For America?

The last elements of the America Invents Act went into effect on March 16, 2013 in the US. Among the provisions that went into effect on March 16 was the change from “First to Invent” to “First to File”. Under the old standard of “First to Invent”, the default right to ownership of rights to […]
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From First to Invent to First to File – What Is It?

The last elements of the America Invents Act went into effect on March 16, 2013 in the US. Among the provisions that went in to effect on March 16 was the change from “First to Invent” to “First to File”. Under the old standard of “First to Invent”, the default right to ownership of rights […]
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New Developments in US Patent Law, Not Driven by the America Invents Act

The US Patent Office took a dramatic turn in 2007-2008, challenging patentability to the extent that many “inventions” which previously would have been found patentable, suddenly were labeled as “obvious” and thus found to be not patentable. New information just released – the result was that collections of fee revenue from Issue Fees and Maintenance […]
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