Keeping Public Disclosure Risks in Perspective

Publicly disclosing a patentable invention prior to filing your patent application has its risks, but startups need to keep these risks in…


Why Should You Consider Filing A Provisional Patent Application

  Provisional patent applications can help entrepreneurs beat the clock by establishing important filing dates.…


Avoiding Inequitable Conduct and Meeting the Duty of Candor and Good Faith

If entrepreneurs are not careful in their communications with the Patent Office, their valuable patents may later be found to be worthless. What is…


Trade Secret vs. Patent Protection for Software Startups

In light of recent changes in the law concerning software patents, software startups should more heavily consider trade secret protection to protect…


Biotech Ventures Beware! The Industry May Need a Different Kind of Cure.

Last year's Supreme Court decision in Myriad and the USPTO's subsequent change to its examination guidelines make it more difficult to protect…


Fallout of the Supreme Court’s Recent Alice Decision: Is Software Still Eligible for Patent Protection? (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we examined the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank and how courts and the Patent Office have…


Fallout of the Supreme Court’s Recent Alice Decision: Is Software Still Eligible for Patent Protection? (Part 1 of 2)

In June 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a patent on a software implemented invention, perhaps narrowing the scope of software patents we will see…


Patent Trolls – The White House Makes a Move in the Right Direction

The White House launched a toolkit in February to help startups search government databases on patent trolls and patents. Patent Trolls – The White…


The Costs of Obtaining Patent Protection

While the cost of obtaining a patent can be substantial, knowing what those costs are and when they are incurred can allow startups to appropriately…


Patent Inventorship

Correctly naming the inventors on a patent is important because the inventors are the initial owners of the patent rights. Why does patent…