Speedy Patent Results Are Rarely Possible

Quick Patents When hiring an attorney, one important issue for many new clients is speed.  Whether it be a competitor infringing on a registered trademark, or a potential patent application on a new technology, many clients want it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, regardless of the venue, the law is rarely fast.  Indeed, a paradigm […]

How to Protect Your Tech Before Funding

Innovation Protection We all know that talk is cheap. Unfortunately, most of the activities associated with starting and growing your small business are not. Patent protection is no exception. As such, it can be a struggle for new businesses to fund a patent program early on before the business is “mature” enough to obtain funding from […]

Pitfalls of Provisional Patent Applications

In one of our prior post (“How to Protect Your Tech Before Funding”), we discussed how a provisional patent filing strategy, when done properly, is a powerful tool to protect the key technology of a small business before receiving venture capital or other funding.  So, what about taking this strategy to its cost-cutting extreme, i.e., […]

Obviously Obvious

Requirements for a Patent One of the requirements for patentability is that the claims (i.e., the invention), are not obvious. Based upon somewhat recent case law, the ease by which an Examiner can characterize the claims as obvious has become easier. One such rationale by which an Examiner can characterize your claims as obvious is […]