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[…]

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[…]

Patent Issuance & The Spirit of American Ingenuity

America is based upon the concept that all people are created equal. In the U.S. we have a history of succeeded where others have failed and have developed an attitude of problem solving and innovation which every other country has admired and unsuccessfully attempted to imitate. In the U.S. we have a spirit that is Read more about Patent Issuance & The Spirit of American Ingenuity[…]

American Invents Act

Summary of Key Provisions and associated Effective Dates On September 16, 2011, President Obama Signed the Patent Reform Act of 2011, (also referred to as AIA or the American Invents Act) into law.  The Act made the most significant changes in US patent law since the 1952 Patent Act.  The stated purpose was that the Read more about American Invents Act[…]

Google’s Patent Portfolio

Patents are becoming highly prized pieces of intellectual property in the high tech arena. While, Google has admitted that it has far fewer patents than many of its rival technology companies, Google made a $900m bid to acquire the patent portfolio of Nortel Networks, a bankrupt Canadian telecommunications manufacturer. Google believes the additional patents could Read more about Google’s Patent Portfolio[…]

New Patent Application Examination Rules

On May 5, 2011 the United States Patent Office (USPTO) will begin the implementation of new rules for prioritizing patent examination.  Under Track One, the patent office will expedite the examination of Patents, within twelve (12) months for an additional $4,000 payment. Small entities will receive a 50% discount on the expedited examination fee. It currently takes Read more about New Patent Application Examination Rules[…]