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The Evolution of the Definiteness Requirement

The Evolution of the Definiteness Requirement (Article 1)

In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. that a patent is unenforceable for indefiniteness if its claims do not adequately define the scope of the invention with “reasonable certainty.” The decision modified the preceding standard for claim language which was that claims must be “insolubly ambiguous” to […]

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Common Start-Ups Stumbles: Understanding Patent Filing Deadlines

Common Start-Ups Stumbles Understanding Patent Filing Deadlines (Article 10)

Managing intellectual property (IP) can be challenging for start-ups and other young businesses. However, making the right decisions now can be essential to your company’s long-term success. One of the most common issues that start-ups face is when to file a patent application. With the enactment of the America Invents Act, the United States moved […]

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The Importance of Conducting a Patent Search

The Importance of Conducting a Patent Search (Article 9)

In order to patent an invention, it must be truly “new,” which means that someone else hasn’t already registered the invention with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). So, for most inventors, performing a patent search should be the first step in pursuing a patent. Under U.S. patent law, any person who “invents or discovers any […]

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Apple Win Highlights Growing Value of Design Patents

Apple Win Highlights Growing Value of Design Patents (Article 8)

The long-standing patent battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. continues to bring increased attention to the value of design patents. Last month, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals made it easier to secure damages in a design patent infringement suit. The Quirks of Design Patents In basic terms, a “design patent” protects the […]

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PTAB Quick Fixes Are Now Effective

PTAB Quick Fixes Are Now Effective (Article 7)

In response to feedback from the public, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is making changes to its post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA). On May 19, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) announced that the first round of “quick fixes” is now effective. More substantial improvements are expected down […]

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