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[…]

Caution – Cease and Desist Letter

As the owner of intellectual property (a patent, copyright or trademark), you have invested significant time, energy and resources into protecting your patent, copyright or trademark.  What do you do if you find someone is violating your patent rights, for example?  Do you file a lawsuit immediately?  Do you contact the police?  Do you contact Read more about Caution – Cease and Desist Letter[…]

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)[…]

Dangers of Making Money From an Invention

So you have a great idea. An idea which will change the world.  Your idea makes the world a better place, improve everyone’s way of life while being profitable.  You create a prototype and prove it works.  The numbers show that your invention will make millions while costing very little.  A large company, one of Read more about Dangers of Making Money From an Invention[…]

Applying for a Patent

Applying for a patent In the U.S. requires that the patent application must be directed towards patentable subject matter and that it be Useful, New and Non-Obvious. Patentable Subject Matter To be patentable, the subject matter of the invention should be directed towards a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or Read more about Applying for a Patent[…]

SCOTUS: Forum Shopping Spree Over for Patentees

Good litigation strategy involves reviewing a case and potential jurisdictions based upon historical outcomes, some which may have more positive (or more dire) effects on your client’s case. This is sometimes referred to as “forum shopping.” And frankly, it’s just good advice. One of the most popular forums for patent litigation and patent infringement suits is Read more about SCOTUS: Forum Shopping Spree Over for Patentees[…]

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?[…]

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?[…]