Racing to file a Patent Application for Blockchains

Race to File a Patent Application Why would an inventor file a patent application covering a blockchain? Recently, many American and Chinese inventors have filed for patent applications covering blockchain technologies. IBM recently was awarded a blockchain patent (US Pat. No. 10,091,228) for detecting network security breaches. Currently, IBM has 89 blockchain patents, while Alibaba (a Read more about Racing to file a Patent Application for Blockchains[…]

IBM patents add 1.2B to revenue

IBM Patents add almost 1.2B to IBM’s revenue.  That’s 1.19 billion dollars to IBM’s revenue as a result of its intellectual property licensing.  This also includes 82.5 million which a jury recently awarded to IBM in a patent infringement suit against Groupon for infringing four of IBM’s e-commerce patents which were awarded back in the Read more about IBM patents add 1.2B to revenue[…]

What is a Patent?

What is a Patent?  Patents are basically ownership of a tool, product, or process and once ownership of a patent is obtained, anyone hoping to use the patent must pay the owner money which is typically provided under license.  This payment is sometimes referred to as a royalty. Ownership of a patent is like owning property and Read more about What is a Patent?[…]

Patent Infringement

How to Stop Patent Infringement Patent Infringement refers to someone who uses, makes or sells your patented invention without permission. Typically, a patent gives the patent owner the right to obtain a license from anyone who makes, uses or sells the invention, for example your tool, machine or process. To stop someone, the inventor may Read more about Patent Infringement[…]

Are Your Computer Programs Patentable?

Patenting Computer Inventions in view of the recent Supreme Court Ruling Computer code is not mentioned as being patentable under the 35 U.S.C. 101.  However, mathematical algorithms have been excluded from patent protection and computer code was historically believed to be unpatentable since it fundamentally relied upon a mathematical process.  In the 1960s and 1970s, Read more about Are Your Computer Programs Patentable?[…]

Your Intellectual Property Questions Answered

As an Intellectual Property Law firm, we are constantly being asked about the types of intellectual property. Many people know that they want their intellectual property (ie., inventions, ideas, art, writing, etc.) protected, but they are unsure as to what type of intellectual property protection they need. The Intellectual Property Center is here to help. Read more about Your Intellectual Property Questions Answered[…]

What is a Patent Attorney?

As a Patent Attorney, people have no idea what we do…   Once you have that great invention, your next step is to look for a great patent attorney: A patent attorney who not only understands your invention, but can help you through the patent process.    To patent something, a good patent attorney needs Read more about What is a Patent Attorney?[…]

The Purpose of a Patent and Patent Searches

Continuing with our Patent 101 series, today we look at the Purpose of a Patent and Patent searches. What is a Patent? Patents are rewards granted to inventors by the government for coming up with a new and useful invention.  The reward typically gives a limited right to control who uses, sells or makes the Read more about The Purpose of a Patent and Patent Searches[…]

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Do you Know Patent Basics?

Patents are often discussed, but more than any other type of intellectual property, usually misunderstood.  Simply stated, patents are a right granted from the government to exclude others from competing with the patent owner.  To obtain a patent, a number of requirements must be met, but if they are met, the government grants the patent Read more about Do you Know Patent Basics?[…]

Fallout from Apple’s Design Patents – Design Patents Come into Favor

In the face of Apple’s billion dollar victory against Samsung, Design Patents are changing how Branded companies look at protecting and enforcing their IP rights. The billion dollar judgment brought to the attention of businesses everywhere, but especially those focused on building and developing their intellectual property, that a design patent has strong value. Previously, Read more about Fallout from Apple’s Design Patents – Design Patents Come into Favor[…]