Thought for Today: Intellectual property protection is much like protecting yourself from catching COVID-19. [Statistic] About 10% of the world’s population has been infected with COVID-19. As I sit here in my bed feeling quite sick, my mind turns to statistics. I may now be part of that statistic. But wait a minute: my COVID-19 […]
As an inventor, your patent filing strategy determines whether to file a provisional or non-provisional patent application.
With each passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges businesses around the world. Companies are faced with attempting to carry on their business in an uncertain and ever-changing environment. Mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions are just one of many impacted business arenas. To be successful, transacting parties must identify and mitigate novel risks and […]
I love my job, in fact, working with inventors to protect their amazing ideas is so rewarding. When inventors come to me for patent protection, documentation (or lack of it) makes a huge difference. This blog post addresses the use and value of invention disclosures for documentation purposes. Invention Disclosures How to memorialize and track […]
Why Making Your Website Accessible Matters Website accessibility in its simplest terms is the capability for everyone, regardless of their ability, to access your website and content. Disabilities come in many shapes and forms. The CDC defines a disability as: “… any condition of the body or mind … that makes it more difficult for […]
(Co-authored with Pranita Dharmadhikari) E-commerce has had remarkable growth in recent years. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses are moving online in unprecedented numbers. Selling online makes it so easy to sell internationally. Selling internationally necessitates a worldwide patent. Welcome to 2020. Protecting innovative products therefore has become more important than ever. Many […]
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) considers the Coronavirus outbreak an “extraordinary situation.” As a result, the USPTO modified both patent and trademark regulations. “The USPTO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors and entrepreneurs and is working on a variety of measures to incentivize, protect, and disseminate COVID-19 related innovation.” Andrei Iancu Kudos to the […]
A few weeks ago, I published a post about Artificial Intelligence Patent Inventors. This article reported that three patent offices declined patent inventorship to an AI inventor. Recently, a client asked me whether a corporation can be a patent inventor. Great question. Just like AI, corporations cannot be patent inventors. Patent Inventors A patent inventor […]
Failure: Here’s my story. I am totally beat up today. I mean that physically, not emotionally. Bruises, swelling, aches and pains all over. Let me start from the beginning…I promise it’s nothing sketchy. Randi’s Epic “Failure” It happened yesterday evening. “What’s that pitter patter, mom?” asked my teenage daughter. Slowly we followed the sound to […]
On April 27, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a decision in which it declined to extend patent inventorship to an Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) named DABUS. The decision in general found that the application did not name an “inventor.” Who is DABUS? DABUS stands for “Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of […]
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