Intellectual Property Law Blog

April 17, 2018

Can I Lose My Trademark Protection?

Many business owners who are fairly new to the intellectual property game find the process of securing a trademark for their company very exciting. The trademark represents the company, and customers will grow to associate the trademark with the company […]
April 12, 2018

What Is the Difference Between the ® Symbol and the TM Symbol?

Have you ever noticed that trademarks are often followed by a symbol such as a little ® or a small TM? What do these symbols mean in relation to the trademark that they are attached to? Each symbol indicates to […]
March 22, 2018

Patent Term Extension: Learn How Your Medical Device Inventions Can Benefit

It takes many years for new drugs and new medical devices to wind their way through the approval process of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It can take anywhere from three to eight years on average for new […]
March 13, 2018

How to Help Your Patent Lawyer Prepare Your Software Patent Application

Software is ubiquitous in today’s tech-savvy world. Many technological advances that are being made today in mobile application development, medical devices, electronics and computers are largely attributable to innovative new software. When software is a critical part of a novel […]
March 1, 2018

What Is Inter Partes Review For Patents and Why Can It Be Useful?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is not an infallible government entity, and from time to time the Patent Office might make a mistake by granting a patent in error. When this happens, while the patent holder might […]
February 19, 2018
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Software As A Medical Device: Can It Be Patented?

In general, if computer software meets the definition, software can be deemed a “medical device” by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can also be patented, though patenting software can be difficult. The standards used for patentability and […]
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 […]