Patent Marking Basics – The patent statutes for many years have required patented articles to be marked as such. Although many variations exist, the essential elements are simply that the patented article […]
Scanning the Horizon – The Setup and Use of a Patent Alert Service
A Quick PAS Primer – Patents play an important role in protecting products that are out in the marketplace, or are soon to be introduced. Keeping a watchful eye on the patent […]
Patent Agent – Client Privilege as real as Attorney – Client Privilege
Attorney-Client Privilege. A Short Overview. Attorney-client privilege is considered to be the oldest form of privilege related to confidential communications; that of the communication between an attorney and client. Attorney-client privilege protects […]
Avoid Admitting Prior Art in Your Patent Application – Take the Path Less Traveled
Your Invention in Words – A patent application is, simply put, your invention in words. While the patent application describes your invention in detail, it should also describe what makes your invention […]
In Defense of Simple Inventions
Simple in a Complex World – Today’s world is anything but simple, and there seems to be a bias against anything that hints of simplicity, as if anything simple is synonymous with […]
Staking Your (Patent) Claims
PART I Very few topics in the field of patent law are as misunderstood and mysterious as “claims,” the language at the end of a patent or patent application that appears to […]
Inventorship: Who Thunk Of It?
The Law – The United States is unique in the industrialized world in that an inventor must be named as the applicant for a patent, rather than his employer. Federal statute 35 […]
What is a Patent?
There is certainly no shortage of technically talented and inventive people in our area who could answer this question. Rochester consistently ranks at or near the top nationally in many measures of […]
Patent Misuse – A New Defense Against Patent Abuse?
The Property Right – a Review – Regular readers of this column will recall that a patent is a property right (1) – the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling […]
The Importance of Signatures During the Patent Process
Placing Your John Hancock on the Paper or Rearranging Those Electrons – While penning a large and flamboyant signature on a parchment as important as the Declaration of Independence may not be […]