Supreme Court to Tackle Patent Eligibility of Software Business Methods

The United States Supreme Court has decided to take on a patent case addressing whether software implemented methods are eligible for patent…


Patent Freedom to Operate Part 2: When Not to Seek a Freedom to Operate Opinion

"Patent freedom to operate" refers to whether one can conduct its business model without infringing another's patent rights. Part 1 of this series…


Patent Freedom to Operate Part 1: Why Analyzing Patent Freedom to Operate is Important

"Patent freedom to operate" refers to whether one can conduct its business model without infringing another's patent rights. You’ve come up with an…


Startup Legal Lessons from the Biography of Steve Jobs (Part 4)

Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Steve Jobs touches upon numerous legal issues common to startups. This is Part 4 of a multi-part series…


IP Strategy: The Difference Between Startups and Large Companies

On some issues, IP strategy for startups as compared to large companies can differ like night and day. It is important for entrepreneurs to…


Design Patents: An Alternate Form of IP Protection

Apple’s 633,092 design patent, one of the patents at issue in the recent Apple v. Samsung, covers the ornamental design of an electronic device. The…


The Risks of Using Presentation Slides as Your Provisional Patent Application

  Entrepreneurs often believe that a set of powerpoint slides will automatically serve as an effective provisional patent application. A…


Five Ways the America Invents Act Can Benefit Entrepreneurs

  New provisions of the America Invents Act went into effect on March 16, 2013. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, also know as the America…


Is Your Idea Patentable?

Entrepreneurs often ask whether their idea can be covered by a patent? The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues patents to U.S.…


Google Settles with FTC, Promises to Change Some Business Practices

On Jan. 3, FTC Chairman Jon Leibovitz announced the FTC was closing its investigation of Google. For almost two years now, the Federal Trade…