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Is there a single patent that covers all countries?

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Can you file a single patent application for all countries? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a single patent to cover all countries? Is there such a thing as a worldwide utility patent? Notice I said “patent-pending” and not patented.

Keep it secret or file a patent?

Patent Trademark Blog

Patent your idea or keep it secret? Keep it secret or file a patent ? There is a tradeoff when you file a patent. In exchange for the public disclosure of your proprietary information, the government is willing to give you a patent. Don’t apply for a patent.

IPO Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

Women and diverse employees have the technical skill and knowledge, yet their contributions are not patented at the same rate as those of their male counterparts.This toolkit can help organizations move the needle on achieving gender parity in innovation.

Letters Seek to Dispel Gene Patent ‘Scaremongering’ Surrounding Tillis’ Patent Eligibility Bill

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Supreme Court rulings on patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. §

Jumbo Patents

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In 1982, the USPTO began charging a surcharge for patent applications that included >3 independent claims and >20 total claims. Both curves peak in 2005 with that year celebrating the issuance of the most jumbo patents in history. of patents issued with more than 50 claims.

How to Get a Patent

Patent Trademark Blog

Utility or design patent? In order to know how to get a patent, first determine the type of IP you need. Do you need a utility or design patent , or both ? On the other hand, filing a utility patent application would make sense if your new features are functional in nature.

Judging Patent Cases

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For the chart below, I tabulated about 7,000 individual votes from the Federal Circuit Judges in patent cases decided 2014-2021. For each judge, I show the percentage of individual decisions that sided with the patent challenger; or patent owner in each case. Patent

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How to Get a Better Design Patent

Patent Trademark Blog

What makes a design patent better? Design patents are quite simple. You do a bit of research into the differences between a design and utility patent , and conclude that design is the way to go. By better, we mean a patent that provides broader rights.

No Patents: How to Protect Product from Copying

Patent Trademark Blog

No patents: What are your options against product copies? The only problem is that you have no patents, and your product has already been shown to the public for awhile. When is it too late to patent your hot selling product? How can you patent an old product?

US Inventor Arguments for Opposing the Pride in Patent Ownership Act Fall Short on the Merits

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Last September, a bipartisan pair of Senators introduced the Pride in Patent Ownership Act, which, if passed, would add greatly-needed transparency to our patent system. The legislation would require patent owners to disclose their identity to the U.S.

PCT Patent Application: Why file foreign when your US application is uncertain, unexamined or not allowed?

Patent Trademark Blog

Leap of Faith: File a PCT patent application while your US application might get rejected? Timing your patent filings can be tricky. For US applicants, the deadline for filing a PCT patent application is 1 year from your earliest US filing date known as the priority date.

IEEE Approves Pro-Patent Holder Policy Updates

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On Friday afternoon, the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors (IEEE SA BOG) announced they had taken action to update the Patent Policy for IEEE standards development.

Chinese Patent Office Plans to Crack Down on Abnormal Patent Applications

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released a draft of new measures that would downgrade the ratings of Chinese patent agencies that approve abnormal or fraudulent patents.

Defending Design Patents

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In our new paper, The Truth About Design Patents , we debunk three widely held—but incorrect—views about U.S. design patents. Taken together, these myths paint a grim picture of design patents: Half of all design patent applications are rejected. Acquiring Design Patents.

Federal Circuit Hands Zillow a Win, Ruling IBM Map Display Patents Cover Abstract Ideas

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Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) today issued a precedential decision finding that two IBM patents directed to technology that allows users to select and view results on a map were directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § Patent No. The U.S.

Quote your own patent cost: How much do you want to pay to file a patent?

Patent Trademark Blog

What if we adjust our initial filing patent cost to match your budget? Nearly every patent firm sets their own attorney’s fees and service rates. So we asked ourselves the following question: What can we do to make utility patents more affordable?

Patent Filings Roundup: Petitions on Key Dupe Patents Denied Under Fintiv; Taxidermy Patent Filings Stuffed

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It was a slow week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and a fast one in the district court, with 82 new patent complaints and 85 terminations, but just 18 patent filings at the PTAB.

Design Patent: Invalid as Unduly Functional

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Evo’s design patent claims an “ ornamental design for a foldable bag ” as shown in the figures above. district court held the patent invalid as both functional and obvious; and also not infringed. ” Patentby Dennis Crouch. Golden Eye Media USA v.

Who appeals (and wins) patent cases?

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This prompted the question for me: who actually files appeals in patent infringement cases and how representative are they of the underlying civil actions filed in the courts? Decoding Patent Plaintiffs since 2000 with the Stanford NPE Litigation Dataset, 21 Stan. Patent

Your Patent Attorney Retired: How to Transfer Patent Files

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Has your patent attorney retired? If your patent attorney has retired or will retire soon, don’t freak out. You will ultimately need to find a new patent practitioner, and this guide on how to choose a patent attorney may help. How to Research a New Patent Attorney.

The Pride in Patent Ownership Act is Big Tech Boondoggling

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The Pride in Patent Ownership Act, S.2774, is currently being attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Attaching the Pride in Patent Ownership Act to the NDAA means it will certainly become law. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) within 120 days.

Patentability in India

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A patent is an exclusive right granted to the owner of an invention, that allows him to prevent others from making, using, or selling the invention without the consent of the owner. The patent law in India is governed by The Patent Act, 1999 (hereinafter referred to as the Act).

The Case for Patenting AI: U.S. Patent Laws Better Get Smart or Get Left Behind

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The idea of patented inventions brings to mind machines fully realized - flying contraptions and engines with gears and pistons operating in coherent symphony.

The Language of Patents (Part I): Equipping Patent Applications for Pre-and Post-Grant Success

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Patents that are expected to protect a company’s most valuable innovations must stake a claim to that innovation and be equipped to defend it.

Animated Design Patents

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Companies associated with William Grecia have filed over a dozen cases alleging infringement of design patents for “animated graphical user interfaces.” The patent asserted in that case, U.S. Patent No. So what does this patent cover? Patent

Buyers Guide for your Patent Attorney

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Happy Thanksgiving to Patently-O readers out there — new and old! If you are shopping for holiday gifts for the patent attorney in your life (or perhaps self-indulging), here are a few gift ideas. Any real patent law firm will have a few of these always skirting around.

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Supreme Court Patent Decisions

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The chart below shows the number of Supreme Court patent decisions broken-up by decade. Subsequently, the Court limited the number of patent cases it heard via the certiorari process. Oracle , which discusses substantive patent issues). ” Patentby Dennis Crouch.

Cool idea, But No Patent

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Thad Gabara is a former Bell Labs engineer and is a prolific inventor with 100+ patents in his name. Along the way, Gabara also became a patent agent and personally prosecuted many of his recent patents, including the Sliding Window patents asserted here. Patent Nos.

The 12-Year Patent

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A patent costs money; and the costs continue even after issuance. requires a set of three “maintenance fees” to keep a utility patent in force for its entire 20 year patent term. This is most commonly experienced by international patent application (PCT) filers.

2021 Patent Grants

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Total utility patent grants are down about 7% for calendar year 2021. PatentStill the total ranks as the third highest of all time. The Office has almost eliminated unwanted delay in examination. Right now the delay is about 17 months from filing to first office-action.

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Federal Circuit Hands Zillow a Win, Ruling IBM Map Display Patents Cover Abstract Ideas

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Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) today issued a precedential decision finding that two IBM patents directed to technology that allows users to select and view results on a map were directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § Patent No. The U.S.

Supreme Court on Patent Law for October 2022

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It is time to pick-up our consideration of Supreme Court patent cases for the 2022-2023 term. Bottom line, no patent cases were decided by the Court in the 2021-2022 term and none were granted certiorari for the new term starting this week. Double Patenting and SawStop Holding LLC v.

Firms with the Most Patent Attorneys and Agents

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The following list ranks the top 25 firms with the most registered patent law professionals. All of these firms have 100+ patent attorneys/agents. PatentI also include a note following the firm with some information about how the numbers have changed since 2010. Fish & Richardson (Steady). Finnegan Henderson (Down 50+, Spin-off firms, including Bookoff McAndrews & McNeill Baur ). Wilson Sonsini (More than doubled, mostly new attorneys/agents).

Moving Toward a Design Patent Bar – Progress in the IP Community

IP Watchdog

In recent weeks, the emphasis by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on reconsidering and reforming patent bar eligibility, especially with regard to a potential design patent bar, represents a significant challenge to well-established Patent Office procedures.

Patents Issued Per Year

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But, it shows that patent grants have fallen again this year by about 5.5% PatentThe USPTO’s fiscal year ends at the end of September, so this chart is slightly preemptive. from 2021 and 11% below the all-time high in FY2020.

IPWatchdog’s Patent Litigation Masters: Waving a Wand to Fix U.S. Patent Litigation

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Day two of IPWatchdog’s Patent Litigation Masters Program yesterday included panels on IP Finance, Mega Verdicts in Patent Litigation, Expert Witnesses and the Fintiv Saga.

How to Challenge a Design Patent Application

Patent Trademark Blog

Mission Impossible: Can you block a design patent application? Design patent applications are not publicly viewable. It can be nearly impossible to figure out what design patent applications are pending. Suppose your competitor indicates that their product is patent-pending.

He, She, or They in US Patent Law

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The following year, Congress passed the first patent act that was then signed-into law by President George Washington. Swanson, Making Patents: Patent Administration, 1790-1860 , 71 Case W. That said, patenting by women was at an extremely low level. patent system.