Challenging Patent Validity at the USPTO

For startup companies, intellectual property protection is essential to success. They must protect their inventions and prevent other businesses from…


Provisional Patent Applications Provide Lasting Intellectual Property Protection

A provisional utility patent application, as opposed to a non-provisional utility patent application, is not reviewed by a patent examiner at the…


Why Do Technology Startups Need IP Assignment Agreements?

If you are considering forming a startup, an intellectual property (IP) assignment agreement will be crucial for your company, especially if your…


The Defend Trade Secrets Act & Startups

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016, and established the first federal cause of action for…


How to Strengthen your Chances of Registering a Trademark

When you see two golden arches that form the letter “m”, your mind probably jumps to McDonalds. That world-famous logo was successfully registered as…


The Basics of Patent Licensing

Part I: Is there an IP licensing opportunity? Are you an inventor or an entrepreneur? From KickStarter and Shark Tank to Tesla and Facebook, people…


“We Don’t Have Any Intellectual Property”: Responding to a Common Startup Misconception

Whenever we meet with a new or potential startup client, one of the questions we always ask is what intellectual property the company has that it…


Protecting Corporate Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a critical asset in many startups, especially technology startups, and often provides the foundations for the value…


Employer-Employee Relationship Matters in Patent Ownership

When an employee creates an invention and later is issued a patent on that invention, does the employer get any rights to the patent? This might be a…


The On-Sale Bar to Patentability: A Pitfall for the Startup

Sales are generally a good thing. A startup company’s first sales of a new technology, “must-have” product, or innovative service are proof that the…