The USPTO is currently undertaking an initiative to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Trademark Register and as part of this initiative, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) recently began piloting a program exploring the effectiveness of an expedited cancellation proceeding regarding two types of challenges to registered trademarks.
Under the pilot program, the TTAB identifies newly-filed cancellation proceedings limited to abandonment… Read More »
In a recent Federal Circuit decision, Realtime Data, LLC v. Iancu, No. 18-1154 (Fed. Cir. 2019), Realtime Data LLC’s claims for a system for data compression were invalid as obvious in view of prior art. The Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)’s that the claims involving data compression through “dictionary encoding” were covered by a prior invention and… Read More »
For those students participating in this weekend’s Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) at UCONN and all inventors everywhere, since March 16, 2013 the United States has joined the rest of the world in using ‘First to File’ for creating patent rights. This changes the strategy of inventors and promotes the filing of provisional patent applications (PPA) with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). PPAs are… Read More »
Five reasons why patents are important for startups
Especially in this economy, we continue to hear the same question – “Do I need a patent?”
The answer is straightforward enough. The new US patent laws, practically speaking, are centered around a first-to-file system. If your startup is focused on innovation, below are the Top Five reasons why you should should be filing for patents early and… Read More »
If I were to develop a process to narrow the scope of my competitor’s patents and maintain strength of my patent portfolio, I could save on major down-the-road litigation and re-examination costs.
The strategy makes sense where my company has significant revenue from a particular core technology. Moreover, the strategy may work well in pioneering inventions or inventions in rapidly-moving and emerging technology areas. Early… Read More »