Patent Attorney vs. Patent Troll Meme

Full disclosure: I am a local patent attorney. I like patents. I believe that patents are critical parts in the economic engine. But don’t take my word for it. Patents are so important that they’re enshrined in the United States Constitution (Art. I, Sec. 8, Clause 8). Unfortunately, there is a modern “patent troll” meme […]

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The Price of a Patent – Government fees sure do take a bite!

As a patent attorney, it’s always amazing to see a late night infomercial or a web advertisement, which claims something along the lines of “get a patent for less than $2,000.00.”  Sometimes the ads even boast of getting that patent “in minutes!” Holy Cow!  Sounds too good to be true… Usually the advertiser is only going to slap a […]

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Patents: The Art of War in Prior Art

Since the America Invents Act (AIA) became law on September 16, 2011, the United States patent system has become more complex, not simpler.  The federal district courts seem to be one of the beneficiaries of the shifted complexity. Adding to the complexity and confusion, many of AIA’s provisions staggered into existence over a long period of time. […]

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Patent or Trade Secret?

Patent Pending In today’s global economy (to use an overused phrase) should a sole inventor or innovative company seek a patent on an invention or keep it an internal secret? Factors to consider: Will the invention be made public? How easy will it be for competitors to “reverse engineer” the invention once it is made public? […]

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