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Abolish 101 And Judicial Exceptions to Patentability

November, 1st, 2019

By Wesley W. Whitmyer, Jr. Congress is seriously considering effectively abolishing not only section 101 but all judge-made law limiting the scope of patent protection beyond 102 prior art. The language in the legislative proposal [Read More…]

Patents vs. Trade Secrets – What’s Best for You

October, 23rd, 2019

By Christopher J. Stankus Why do some companies choose to patent their invention while others choose to keep it secret? It comes down to determining what protection is best for your business and invention. A [Read More…]

Video Games; Press Yes to Continue

October, 9th, 2019

By Andrew P. Siuta The next generation of gaming consoles is quickly approaching.  Microsoft revealed its new gaming console generation with the Xbox Scarlett and Sony revealed the PlayStation 5.  However, with the advances in [Read More…]

Continuation Applications Should be Part of Your Patent Strategy

September, 25th, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. One of the easiest and most strategic ways to build up a patent portfolio is using continuation applications. A continuation application is a “child” application filed during the pendency of [Read More…]

Could AI be the Largest Pharma Co.? USPTO Requests Public Comments on Patenting AI

September, 17th, 2019

By Mackenzie L. Long Earlier this year the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released eligibility guidelines for AI-related inventions. However, there still remains multiple questions regarding the ability to patent AI inventions. Late [Read More…]

Patents: A Way to Attack, Defend, and Diplomacy

June, 27th, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. and Jacob J. Alexander In recent years the number and use of patents has grown exponentially. There were nearly 4 times as many patent applications filled in 2013 than in [Read More…]

Claiming Software Patents in 2019

April, 4th, 2019

By Andrew P Siuta Rapid innovation makes it difficult to create a computer technology system that is not obsolete 20 years from its conception. However, with proper drafting techniques a patent attorney can write a [Read More…]

New Patentable Subject Matter Guidelines: Finally Some Help for Computer-Implemented Inventions

January, 23rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. Many in the patent field are keenly aware that the USPTO just issued new patentable subject matter guidelines. The USPTO uses a multi-step process for determining patent eligibility and the [Read More…]

Hoping 2019 Brings Clarity to Patentable Subject Matter

January, 2nd, 2019

By Christopher J. Stankus We find ourselves reflecting on 2018’s patent law developments as we welcome the New Year. One notable advancement is the USPTO’s efforts to aid examiners and clarify the law on Section [Read More…]

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