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UPC Update: Surprise UK Elections Likely to Delay Start of Unitary Patent System

June 7th, 2017

As we have discussed previously, European Union member countries are completing the final steps to implement an intergovernmental system that will streamline the process for securing and enforcing patent rights across Europe. Having a simpler, centralized system in place will open up a new patent portfolio management strategy for small and medium-sized IP-driven companies.

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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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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

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 happen again. Scientists and…

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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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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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From Thomas Jefferson to Michelle Lee; 225 Years of U.S. Patent Law

December 3rd, 2015

As anniversaries go, it may lack the cachet of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta or the upcoming 2026 U.S. sestercentennial. But for anyone whose work pushes the boundaries of what mankind once thought possible – from automobiles to antibiotics to Amazon’s Kindle – 2015 brought a big one: the 225th anniversary of the U.S….

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When Is a Provisional Patent Application a Good Strategy?

November 25th, 2015

By Martin G. Belisario, Esq. Invention is not always a linear or straightforward process. It’s often messy and organic, with lots of trial and error. And while the inventor is focused on inventing, protecting any associated intellectual property rights may not be their top priority. The Philadelphia patent lawyers at Panitch Schwarze have seen time…

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