Freedom to Operate & All About a Professional Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:05 AM


A freedom to operate search is a professional patent search that gives you a better idea of what is possible for your business. It provides a clear picture of potential obstacles inherent with the commercialization of your products and ideas. Failing to perform a freedom to operate search can have costly consequences, and we strongly recommend every business to invest the time and effort into the process.  The Benefits of a Freedom to Operate Search Conducting a professional patent search helps verify tha…

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Understanding the Different Types of Infringement Claims

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9:50 AM


There are many types of patent infringement claims. Each has its own unique nuances, but all boil down to the same basic fact: someone else is using your invention in violation of your patent. As businesses become increasingly global and new trade routes open, the potential for patent infringement will rise. Understanding the different types of infringing behaviors you may face can help you better protect your products and services in a changing world.  Direct infringement is the unauthorized use of an ent…

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The Potential of Patent Pools for Pandemic Response

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 9:38 AM


From Beijing to Berlin, COVID-19 is the one thing making headlines in every country. While doctors and nurses are focused on saving lives, legislators and regulators are struggling to keep the flow of lifesaving medicines and machinery moving. It is a fluid environment where traditional norms and the "old ways" of doing things are coming under intense scrutiny.  As the race for vaccines and effective treatments moves forward, it is creating an intense storm where radical solutions, such as patent pools and…

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Compulsory Licensing and Healthcare Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10:04 AM


Healthcare systems around the world are racing to secure lifesaving equipment and protective gear for their patients and staff. Governments are stepping in to protect supply chains and ensure the flow of these goods as borders close and exports trickle to a halt. There are already hints that the compulsory licensing of healthcare patents is going to become increasingly common as the COVID-19 pandemic develops. For affected patent holders, this doesn't mean they will lose their rights to their patents. Howev…

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How to Minimize Freedom to Operate Risks

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8:37 AM


Conducting a freedom to operate (FTO) search can help protect your company from patent infringement claims. When you perform an FTO, the search will determine what IP rights and patents are in force within the country where you intend to produce or distribute your product. It's a considerable task, and it's not one you want to ignore. While there are costs involved in doing such a search, the costs of a patent infringement claim can be significantly more damaging to your business. Maximizing the Effectiven…

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Global Patent Solutions: To Clients Whose Patents Save Lives

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 9:45 AM


The biggest impacts of COVID-19 haven't even begun to be felt by businesses. Governments are focusing on how to keep people healthy and heal the affected, and shareholders are shivering at falling stock prices. However, the most significant impact we are watching at Global Patent Solutions could come when the dust starts to settle. At that point, public pressure could lead legislators and regulators to reevaluate the way medical patents are granted. They may also reconsider the rights of patent holders whos…

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Will AI Change the Future of Tech Patents?

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:16 AM


AI is taking off around the globe. Developments in Europe, Asia, and North America point to a future where machines will quite literally be making machines. What used to be science fiction is becoming a scientific reality, and that means some potentially dramatic shifts in how we secure and utilize patents. Can Companies Patent AI-Created Inventions? This is the big question that is still up in the air. The current legal framework does not consider AI to be an entity unto itself. Indeed, the present legal…

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Efficiency is More Important Now Than Ever

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM


  Efficiency is always important, and a challenging economy tends to make this an even more critical driver of success. Our present moment is no exception. IP Professionals and their companies are seeing their world upended. For some, this means they are struggling with previously unanticipated revenue and expense challenges. In times of falling revenue, managing expenses can become a matter of survival. Other companies are scrambling to ramp up swiftly to meet unanticipated demand surges that may be requi…

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The History of Patenting Vaccines

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 8:37 AM


The race is on to find a vaccine for Coronavirus. As companies around the world pool their resources and share their data, it's wise to look back and examine the history of medical patents and vaccines. Doing so may provide a clue as to how this current race will end. Flu Vaccine The Spanish Flu of 1918 was a wake-up call to the world. By the 1940s, the US military had developed the first effective flu vaccines. Today, the process for manufacturing these vaccines has changed little and still relies on the…

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New Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines Go Into Effect

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:32 AM


On February 1, 2020, new regulations went into effect that clarified eligible subject matter within patent applications. The regulations implemented by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will have a considerable impact regarding the eligible subject matter contained within applications related to artificial intelligence and many other patents.  Changes to CNIPA's Guidelines There are many changes that are worth noting. First, Section 6 was added to Chapter 9 of Part II of CNIP…

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Arriving at the Right Patent Valuation

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:50 AM


At various points within the patent lifecycle, it is crucial to determine an accurate patent valuation. This isn't always easy because a patent is an intangible asset. However, because intangible assets can often represent between 70-80% of your business' market capitalization, the valuation of your patents must reflect their true value to your enterprise. Failing to value your patents correctly can send legal and accounting issues rippling throughout your business. It can also result in considerable losses…

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Mature Adult Inventors: The Benefits and Helpful Resources

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 9:03 AM


In a world where youngsters at startups are seemingly overtaking the invention and tech industries, it turns out inventors over the age of 65 are putting their innovation and experience to work. Of the United Inventors Association’s members, over 60 percent are older, according to the executive director, John Calvert, as reported by the New York Times. What qualities do senior inventors possess that help them over younger ones and what resources are available to you if you’re one of them? Experience and Co…

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Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing Your Patent Application

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 8:33 AM


You have worked hard to design and develop a product that will benefit consumers. You have no doubt invested considerable time and significant effort examining every angle and aspect of your invention. However, your work isn't complete. The final and most crucial step you will take is submitting your patent applications for approval. This critical stage requires unwavering attention to detail from a team of experts. While you can submit your application without legal assistance, it is not advisable, due to …

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Patent Clearance Searches Provide Guidance, Not Guarantees

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 8:38 AM


The 21st-century business environment is evolving rapidly. Innovations occur daily, and that means that businesses frequently find themselves in situations where they are infringing another's patents, or that their patents are infringed. An effective clearance search can help companies avoid the problem of violating another's patent, and at the same time, protect their patents from misuse.  Conduct a Patent Search Before Investing Time and Resources A clearance search is the first step any business should…

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What to Expect in the Future of AI and Technology Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8:04 AM


The Fourth Industrial Revolution took off faster than anyone anticipated. Over the past decade, the amount of technology incorporated into personal devices, motor vehicles, the workplace, and residential housing exceeded everyone's expectations. As of just a few years ago, the European Patent Office reported more than 5,000 pending applications for autonomous objects alone; that was a 54% increase over patent applications in just three years. It's a sign of things to come, and inventors eager to bring their…

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