February 13, 2018

Using Design Patents to Protect Graphical User Interfaces

One of the most important aspects of software and mobile applications is the user experience, which is closely tied to the graphical user interface (GUI) of the software. A user-friendly GUI can make all the difference in how well-received a […]
February 8, 2018

Why Does the USPTO Want to Change the Rules for Trademark Interference?

On October 18, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice to the Federal Register, titled, “Removal of Rules Governing Trademark Interferences.” In that notice, the USPTO outlined a series of updates to existing rules for […]
February 2, 2018

Patenting Medical Devices: Patent Novelty vs. Commercial Novelty

As with any invention, it is important for innovators and medical device companies to understand that there is a difference between patent novelty and commercial novelty. These two types of novelty are both important in terms of commercialization and monetization […]
January 22, 2018

Can I Patent My Hot, New Mobile App?

In 2017, Google Play and the Apple App Store both passed one million apps. These numbers demonstrate just how competitive the app development market is. With such fierce competition, anyone looking to create a mobile app wants to protect the […]
January 18, 2018
Medical Device Provisional Patent

Advantages of Filing A Provisional Patent Application To Protect Your Newly Invented Medical Device

Many inventors and companies file a provisional patent application with the thought and expectation that they would then, 12 months later, file a non-provisional patent application. Since a provisional application requires a lot of work up front to prepare (but […]
January 12, 2018

What Should I do if Someone Tries to Register a Trademark Just Like Mine?

When new trademarks are published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there is a grace period during which any party with the proper standing can oppose the registration of a new mark. Qualifying parties must file a […]
January 10, 2018

Medical Device IP Strategy Often Depends on Exit Strategy

Strategy plays an important role in achieving success as a business because thoughtful planning can go a long way towards ensuring that your company heads in the direction that you want it to go. Smart companies employ multiple strategies on […]
January 9, 2018

Provisional Patent Applications for Mobile Software Apps

Mobile app technology is a unique area of innovation because the sources of value that can be extracted from mobile apps can be so incredibly varied. There are mobile apps where the heart and soul of the app is the […]
January 4, 2018

Options for Expediting the Patent Process For Computer Software Inventions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office estimated that the average patent application is completed in two and a half years. Some patent applications take even longer to issue. Often, the process is too slow for some software inventors to […]
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