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Cost of a Patent One of the first questions from inventors is how much does a patent cost. The answer, unfortunately varies. You can file your own patent for as little as a few hundred dollars. However, because of the complexity and potential value most people prefer to have a patent attorney file a patent Read more about How Much does a Patent Cost[…]
One of the first questions many inventors ask is: What Does a Patent Do, and Why Should I get a patent? What Does a Patent Do? A patent is a grant from the government which provides the receiver of a patent the exclusive right to their invention for a fixed period of time. In exchange, Read more about What Does a Patent Do ?[…]
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.
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[…]
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)[…]
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[…]
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)[…]
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[…]
Stuffed miniature mascots in cheerleading uniforms. Monthly calendars featuring cheerleaders. Clothing designed to mimic cheerleading uniforms. What do all of these have in common? They are sold in university gift shops and, under the Supreme Court’s latest decision on cheerleading uniforms, they are likely infringing works. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that fashionable 2-D and 3-D Read more about Go, Fight, Win: SCOTUS Says Cheerleading Uniforms Are Functional AND Creative[…]