3 "Green" Patents that Could Save the Environment

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 9:20 AM


It’s no secret that our environment is in danger. In fact, thinking about pollution, ozone deterioration, and wildlife extinction keeps more than a few of us up at night. Fortunately for everyone, some of the best minds in the world are developing innovative new techniques and technologies that could mean a brighter tomorrow. Here at GPS, we love to celebrate the creativity and hard work that leads to some of the most vital technologies in our world. Here are just a few examples of amazing patents that cou…

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A Guide to Global Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:41 AM


Understanding the Purpose of PCT Applications A patent issued by the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is valuable, and difficult to obtain. However, it will only protect your intellectual property within the US. In an increasingly global economy, a patent issued by just one country may not be enough to protect your business’ growth. The PCT, or Patent Cooperation Treaty, was designed to solve this problem. An application filed through the PCT acts as a placeholder for a patent application…

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Why You May Need Intellectual Property Insurance

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:41 AM


If you have a patent that has been approved, you never know if or when someone could infringe upon the rights of your new patent, so it’s best to protect yourself. Maintaining a patent over time can become extremely expensive, depending on the competition in the market. The best way to protect yourself legally is to purchase intellectual property insurance.      What Is Intellectual Property Insurance? Intellectual property insurance is often known as patent insurance and is something that all new invento…

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Do You Need a Patent For Your Software Invention?

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:36 AM


When it comes to patents, probably none are more hotly debated than the software patent, especially in the United States. Some see getting a patent for your software invention as necessary to protect your idea, whereas others see it as an inhibitor of freedom for those who write code and create software, since modifications and adaptations often need to be fluid in the rapidly-evolving world of software development, rather than bogged down by governmental bureaucracy. If you have a software or computer-tec…

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When to Get a Freedom to Operate Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 11:28 AM


There are many different forms of patent search, and not all of them end with a patent application. One of the most common patent searches that we do here at Global Patent Solutions is a Freedom to Operate (FTO) search, also known as an infringement search, right-to-use search, or clearance search.  What Is a Freedom to Operate Search? The main goal of an FTO search is to see whether your planned business operations and development will infringe upon already-existing patents. An FTO search enables a paten…

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Advantages of Patent Search Through Global Patent Solutions

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11:47 AM


Patent law is one of the most complex and nuanced fields of legal practice. IP protection--or lack thereof--can make or break businesses, and each legal opinion carries with it a huge weight of liability. That’s why it’s so important that when you outsource patent search, you find a partner that will be reliable, thorough, and secure, putting you in good standing with internal and external clients and giving you absolute confidence in your counsel and opinions. Worldwide Search, Local Talent There’s a re…

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Trending Tech: The Internet of Things

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:43 PM


One of the hottest new tech developments in recent years is dubbed “the internet of things” (or IoT). This field is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years, with the McKensey Global Institute estimating that by 2025, IoT technology will have an annual economic footprint between $2.7 and $6.2 trillion. As such, there has been a lot of interest in the patents that protect this tech, and the brands that are rushing to claim their share of the market. Just What Is the IoT? The internet connects inf…

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Do You Need a Design Patent or Utility Patent?--4 Questions to Help You Decide

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:10 AM


There are several different kinds of U.S. patents: utility, design, and plant. Plant patents are self-explanatory and rarely misunderstood, so we’re not going to address them here. However, design patents and utility patents can be frequently confused. In fact, we see many people who can’t figure out whether they should get a design or utility patent… or perhaps both! Here’s a quick guide that can help you determine which one is best for you. Design Vs. Utility Patents According to the USPTO, “A ‘utility …

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Two Factors to Consider in Favor of Conducting an Early Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:22 AM


You have an idea for a product or service, but what’s next? Should you conduct a patent search? When is the best time to do so? The bottom line typically is, start your patent search early on in order to save precious resources later. At the very beginning, an idea is just that: a concept. When someone has an idea for an invention, they can do their own preliminary search to understand existing art, but hiring a professional to do a thorough patent search is necessary in order for you to truly understand w…

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Trending Tech: Evolution of Innovative Medical Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:12 AM


Many of the most groundbreaking inventions in our history are born from medical need. As physicians identify new ways to care for their patients' health, the medical field grows in leaps and bounds, improving the quality of life all around the world. Here are four major medical patents from history that were cutting edge for their time, and continue to help millions today. The Stethoscope In 1816, a physician named René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec invented the stethoscope. Previously, doctors would place …

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How Long Does a Professional Patent Search Take?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:38 AM


Many new clients who approach us are concerned with one question: how long will it take to get the results of my patent search? Although we here at Global Patent Solutions pride ourselves on reliable, quick turnarounds, the answer we give you will depend on several different factors, including your industry and type of invention, which patent search service in particular you need, and the existing landscape. Perhaps the biggest element that can change the amount of time it takes to get results from a profes…

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How Strong Is Protection from a US Patent?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 1:47 PM


Patents were created and organized by governments around the world to motivate innovation and make information that drives technological advancement available to all. That being said, it's important to remember a few important facts about patent protection:  A patent doesn't have an inherent ability to shield your invention from infringement. Rather, it's a certificate issued by a government that gives you legal clout when your claim on intellectual property is brought under scrutiny by a court of law.  …

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Trending Tech: Prosthetics

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9:45 AM


One emerging area of rapidly advancing technological developments is prosthetics, where we're seeing huge strides forward in biotechnology, robotics, and microengineering. "Prosthetics" refers to equipment that plays the role of human legs, arms, hands and fingers for individuals with amputated limbs. Here are some fascinating facts for IP professionals to know about the advances being made in this field.  History of Prosthetics  The earliest known evidence of a prosthetic device is the discovery of a woo…

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The Three Elements of Patentability

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1:27 PM


Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after a careful review of applications. The essential criteria of a patent dictates that the invention is useful, unique and non-obvious. Here's a deeper look at the three elements of patentability and why patent consulting can help. 1. Must Have Utility Your invention may get accepted if you can prove that it has a useful purpose, but it will likely get rejected if it's difficult to identify some type of utility. Many inventions…

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Trending Tech: Artificial Intelligence Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 9:15 AM


New patent applications, when researched properly, tell a fascinating story about the future of innovation. When it comes to technology, artificial intelligence has been spawning a wave of game-changing inventions this century. Here at Global Patent Solutions, we love to dive deep into new and emerging technologies to help our clients make wiser legal and financial decisions. Here's a closer look at some of the new developments in one of the most exciting fields today: artificial intelligence.  Current Sta…

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