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Chinese Companies Awarded More U.S. Patents in 2016

January 31st, 2017

By Weihong Hsing, Esq. and Jibo Wu, Esq. U.S. patent data recently released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office confirms that IBM was again awarded the most U.S. patents in 2016 – a whopping 8088! Other U.S. companies in the top 10 were Qualcomm, Google, Intel, and Microsoft, with Apple coming in at number…

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USPTO Closer to Recognizing Patent Agent Privilege?

December 9th, 2016

By Carly A. Shanahan, Ph.D. A key element of our justice system, the attorney-client privilege, was put in place to ensure that every citizen can obtain sound legal advice. Confidences discussed with an attorney in order to obtain legal advice are privileged from discovery in litigation. When it comes to the protection of intellectual property…

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NO PATENT FOR YOU! Can a software-related claim that recites only generic computer elements be statutory under 35 USC 101?

July 21st, 2016

By Clark A. Jablon, Esq. Unlike the infamous Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode – in which you could get your soup if you just kept your head down, did not engage in small talk with the owner, or ask for free bread – software inventors are finding it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to obtain patents or…

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What Does the Brexit Vote Mean for IP Protection?

July 7th, 2016

By Martin G. Belisario and Bridget H. Labutta As is well known by now, the citizens of Great Britain have chosen to leave the European Union (EU), a move popularly dubbed the “Brexit.” Despite the economic upheaval and media firestorm surrounding the vote, the realm of intellectual property law is unlikely to see any immediate…

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What the UPC Means for Your Patent Strategy

June 16th, 2016

By Martin G. Belisario, Esq. The process for securing patent protection and for enforcing patent rights in the European Union soon will become much simpler, opening up a new patent portfolio management strategy that previously might have been out of reach of many small and medium-sized IP-driven companies. The Unified Patent Court, which 25 EU…

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Understanding the Three Types of U.S. Patents

June 2nd, 2016

Scientists who are focused on their research in a laboratory may not be thinking ahead to the future business applications of their discoveries. But protecting the intellectual property developed in the lab should be a critical consideration for all scientists, whether they are working solo or are part of a large R&D department at a…

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Charged with an IP Crime? Your Lawyer Better Know Science as Well as Criminal Law

May 19th, 2016

By Fred Tecce, Esq. When federal agents swarmed the home of Temple University physics professor Xiaoxing Xi and charged him with spying for China, scientists across the country better have taken note. This was an egregious case of an alleged IP crime which turned out to be nothing at all. Unfortunately, it is likely to…

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What IP-Driven Companies Need to Know

May 3rd, 2016

By Alan S. Nadel, Esq. When we wrote recently about trade secrets, we noted that enforcement in the United States fell largely to state laws modeled on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), first drafted in 1979. With its signing in February 2016 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though, the United States obliged itself to enact…

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Honoring Great American Inventor Lonnie G. Johnson

April 26th, 2016

By Ronald L. Panitch, Esq. From the trademark protecting “Star Wars” merchandise to the patent protecting the repositionable adhesive on the Post-It® note, the legal protection of intellectual property drives innovation and fuels our economy. Today, as we pause to mark World Intellectual Property Day, one man stands as a living example of the creativity…

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Saluting ‘The Most Beautiful Woman’ in STEM

January 28th, 2016

Heralded as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” screen legend Hedy Lamarr — who died 16 years ago last week — was much more than a pretty face; she also was a brilliant inventor. One of her inventions, in fact, helped to lay the groundwork for the technology that powers the wireless devices we…

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