Patent Strategies for Growth

A strong intellectual property strategy can provide long-term success. However, there are many misunderstandings about the patent process which can contribute to a weak intellectual property strategy.

Intellectual Property Law Update

In today’s intellectual property law update, the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) announced that their electronic system will again be down for maintenance for the entire weekend. Strike 3 Holdings, a prolific adult movie producer, who filed almost 2,000 copyright infringement lawsuits last year, has seen more of its copyright lawsuits dismissed for Read more about Intellectual Property Law Update[…]

Block Chain Patent Applications face familiar hurdles

Bitcoin and Block Chains Over the past several years, blockchain and block chain technologies, like Bitcoin and Ethereum have been the latest examples of disruptive technologies.  A disruptive technology is a technology which has the potential of shaking up established businesses and forming the basis of brand new innovations.  Block Chain is talked about as Read more about Block Chain Patent Applications face familiar hurdles[…]

Potato Dispute over Plant Patent in India

Plant Patent Protection Pepsi has sued four farmers in India for growing potatoes which are protected in India under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act (PPV).  The PPV was enacted in 2001 and was supposed to be pro farmer.  Under the PPV, registration of a plant variety provides exclusivity to produce, sell, Read more about Potato Dispute over Plant Patent in India[…]

Trade Dress Protection

101 Series – Trademark Licensing and Franchising

As part of running a business, business owners occasionally need to license their trademarks.  Because trademark licenses typically require that the brand owner control use of their trademarks, the agreements require control over the mark.  However, if done wrongly, a trademark license can accidentally create a franchise.  In some cases a business owner wants to Read more about 101 Series – Trademark Licensing and Franchising[…]

How to Patent an Idea (4 steps)

How to Patent an Idea Making money off of your million dollar idea, can be rewarding, but it is not easy. Often times, to become successful, an inventor must build a business around their new product idea, or they must sell their idea to another company. Making millions of dollars off your first idea takes Read more about How to Patent an Idea (4 steps)[…]

Software Patents (Revisited)

Software Patents Protection and Enforcement of Software Patents is on the rise as a result of recent changes at the Patent Office and from the Courts.  As a result, it may be a good time to protect your software with a Software Patent Application. Patents protect inventions if they fall into one of four general Read more about Software Patents (Revisited)[…]

Plant Patent Provides Monopoly for Holiday Flowers

U.S. Plant Patent Many of us associate the holiday season with Poinsettia Plants. However, few people realize that it was covered by a plant patent for over a hundred years. Like the poinsettia plant, its history, is colorful and interesting. It also provides an example of how valuable a patent can be, namely, Plant Patents. Read more about Plant Patent Provides Monopoly for Holiday Flowers[…]

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?[…]