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
Does Your Patent Need a CIP?
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
The Road to Patent Registration – Part II
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
Provisional Patent Buys You a Year … Well, Not Really
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
The Road to Patent Registration – Part I
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
Are Patent Applications Secret?
What do you do if you have the next great idea but you are not sure if it is patentable? If you file a patent application, won’t it be available for
A Breath of Fresh Air
Last week, I had a refreshing and unusual telephone conversation with a patent examiner from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Patent vs Trademark
It’s not uncommon for us to get calls from prospective clients who want us to “patent their logo,” or otherwise incorrectly try to use intellectual
Can I File My Own Patent Application?
Nineteenth-century French playwright Charles-Guillaume Etienne wrote, "On n'est jamais servi si bien que par soi-même," which roughly translates to,