Patenting Artificial Intelligence

11/22/17 | by | SHARE:

Under today’s patent law, could Star Trek’s Dr. Soong receive a patent on Data’s positronic brain? Dr. Frankenstein, a patent on his method of making a monster? Dr. Alfred Lanning (of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot) on his child-like robot Sonny? Companies Seek Broad Patent Protection for AI Artificial intelligence (AI)… Read more

Does Your Patent Need a CIP?

11/15/17 | by | SHARE:

When it comes to your patent application, you may have seen the terms “CIP,” “Continuation,” and “Divisional,” but what do they mean? How are they relevant to the patent process? Let’s review these terms and when you should consider employing one of these options. Continuation A “continuation” is a non-provisional… Read more

Finding a Patent Attorney’s Past Work

11/8/17 | by | SHARE:

Applying for a patent is an investment – in yourself, your business, and your invention. Which patent attorney you work with is critical. For the amount of time and money that goes into a patent application, you want to hire a patent with knowledge and skills that correspond to your… Read more

Eyes Up! The Heavenly Palace is Falling!

10/25/17 | by | SHARE:

The Chinese government recently announced that its first space station, Tiangong-1 (天宫一号 “Heavenly Palace 1”), is on a decaying orbit and unresponsive to remote command. Last manned in June 2013, the space station is on a course to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere sometime next year (the U.N. estimates no later… Read more

The Road to Patent Registration – Part II

10/18/17 | by | SHARE:

The road to patent registration can be long and confusing – especially for a first-time inventor. In Part I, we reviewed the first five steps: Step 1: What type of intellectual property provides the best protection for your situation? Step 2: Do you even need a patent? Step 3: Is… Read more

Of Tribes and Trolls: An Unlikely Alliance?

10/11/17 | by | SHARE:

The interplay between Native American tribes and the American government has always been complicated. The law and concept of tribal sovereignty – Native American property constitutes their own country within the United States – has resulted in many unforeseen consequences over the years. This includes easily advantageous ones, such as… Read more

Provisional Patent Buys You a Year … Well, Not Really

10/4/17 | by | SHARE:

When you have an invention, and you are not ready to file a complete non-provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you can file a provisional patent application. If you file the non-provisional patent application that corresponds and claims priority to this provisional patent, the… Read more

Back-to-School Inventions

8/23/17 | by | SHARE:

We’re not just lawyers and inventors, we’re people – and it only takes one letter to change PATENT to PARENT.  As many of us are dealing with the back-to-school frenzy, here are some fun patents to make the process easier . . . or at least more amusing. Umbrella Backpack… Read more

The Road to Patent Registration – Part I

8/16/17 | by | SHARE:

The road to patent registration can be long and confusing – especially for a first-time inventor. Below is Part I of a broad overview of the major steps in the journey to patent registration. Step 1: Determine what Type(s) of Intellectual Property Provides the Best Protection for your Situation First-time… Read more

End of the Monopoly: When Patents Expire

8/9/17 | by | SHARE:

When you have a patent registered with the USPTO, you get up to a 20-year exclusive monopoly to practice your patent. No one can make your patented invention or use your patented process without your permission. Patent = Monopoly on your Invention One of the key benefits of having a… Read more

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