The Great Artificial Intelligence Patent Debate

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:25 AM


Artificial Intelligence has made its way into our world slowly but surely. Fortunately, a total robot takeover is still the stuff of science fiction. However, humans do work with and use the assistance of artificial intelligence almost daily. From asking Siri for directions to talking with chatbots online when we need help, artificial intelligence crosses our path many times throughout our daily lives.   The patent world is headed in the direction of AI too, but the journey won’t be without controversy. He…

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Chinese Patents and IP Theft: How Could It Affect You?

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:56 AM


Intellectual property protection can be complicated overseas... especially in certain countries. IP protection in China has been talked about for years. It's been heating up even more lately, and it's a major factor in the current trade war between the United States and China. If you’re an inventor or patent holder, the current IP controversy regarding China could affect you. How? Here we’ll take a look at the state of intellectual property in China as it affects U.S. patents and analyze the case for filin…

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Dealing With Patent Trolls: Defend Your Business Against the Unknown

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 3:18 PM


  In the world of business, there are plenty of things to keep track of: salaries, benefits, investors, inventory, customers, etc. The last thing you want on your desk is a letter out of the blue threatening to sue, often for vague reasons.  What has just happened? You’re a patent troll’s latest target. Patent trolls are shell companies that don’t physically provide any services or products; they just purchase patents. They do this with the sole intent of going after other companies and trying to e…

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How Patent Agents Can Use GPS to Increase Time & Accuracy

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 8:13 AM


As a patent professional, you may have many clients that you’re working with on a consistent basis. These inventors and entrepreneurs may be of varying skill and experience levels, and in order to ensure the best outcome for their product idea, you'll need to rely on background research. An external patent search firm can help you and your clients save time and get the patent process done right the first time.  Why Trust GPS Global Patent Solutions is an external patent search firm that specializes in pri…

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Patent Trolls: What’s in a Name?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:49 AM


When we talk about patent trolls, it's seldom in a good light. The idea of a shell company ripping patents and money from small inventors and startups that could have America's next big innovation, makes us want to take them all down. But what’s in the moniker?  A Name Rooted in Harm? The term ‘patent troll’ has in recent language been used as a jokey identifier that gained widespread use in the tech and patent spheres. Some trolls, however, are trying to use this to their legal advantage by doing what th…

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Last month, we posted a blog about the importance of intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. This month, we present a real life case showing the importance of patent protection in these types of company deals and highlight applicable tips for inventors and entrepreneurs.   The Beauty Industry’s Major Legal Battle  L’Oreal is a beauty brand that has been around for decades. As a beauty conglomerate, L’Oreal Group has not only been around for a long time, it owns other well-known be…

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Understanding the Patent Filing Gender Gap

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:16 AM


The world of patents and inventing is a male dominated industry. While women are filing patents and inventing more than ever before, they still face obstacles. As of 2016, women only made up 12 percent of inventors on patents filed, according to USPTO data. While many patents name at least one female inventor, such as a co-inventor on a team of men, the rate of solely female inventorship is still low. Here we’ll analyze the history, current obstacles and solutions to closing the gender gap in patent filing.…

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Defending the Trolls: The Trending Decline in Patent Lawsuits

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 8:18 AM


A record number of patent lawsuits were filed in November 2015 in the U.S., including combined district court cases and patent disputes resolved through inter partes review, marking an all time high for patent troll activity. But it seems as if the tides are starting to turn. Since 2015, the number of yearly patent lawsuits has significantly dropped. As stated by Unified Patents in June of 2019, the number of new patent lawsuits filed dropped by 15 percent, comparing the first half of 2018 to the first hal…

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Employees and Students: Who Owns Your Invention?

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 8:20 AM


Independent inventors typically don't have to worry about the complex nuances of idea ownership. But what if you are an inventor who created something while under the employ or supervision of someone else?  A large portion of patents are held not by independent inventors, but by corporations and universities. So how do you sort out intellectual property and ownership accordingly when you find yourself in one of those scenarios? Here we will break down the legal aspects of patent ownership from the point of…

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The Rise of Self-Driving Cars and Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:58 AM


In our technologically advanced world, self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles) are on the rise. With more companies than ever competing to be the first to successfully put these cars on the road and make them available to the masses, we’ll take a look at how autonomous vehicle technology has evolved and the role that patents played in getting us here.  The History The presence and prominence of self-driving cars may seem like an idea that has suddenly arrived out of the plot of a futuristic …

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Trending Tech: Solar Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:54 AM


Patents are a great way to look into the future of our world, and solar technology is no exception. With an increased concern for environmental matters today, solar technology is paving the way for a healthier planet. Here are three solar patents that are helping our world become a little greener. Solar Smart Phones Cell phones take up so much of our lives today. In fact, many of us freak out if our power is on 5 percent and there is no outlet in sight. Well, solar energy companies and patents are working…

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Safety First: Patents to Protect Us at Home and in the World

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 9:46 AM


Since the dawn of time, people have had to protect themselves. Cavemen had to protect themselves from large beasts like leopards and lions, and nowadays we’re concerned about protecting ourselves from diseases and manmade terrors. Some of the greatest patents have come from humanity’s need for self-preservation, from personal and home protection to protection from dangers in the world at large. Here are just a few examples, and how patents have protected the innovation that brought them into being:  Everyd…

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Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:23 AM


No matter the size, when a company is preparing to undergo a merger or acquisition, intellectual property is a factor that can make or break a deal. An IP portfolio is a valuable asset in a company business deal and can represent a significant opportunity for profit–or potential liability. Here’s what you need to know about the due diligence process of intellectual property in corporate mergers and acquisitions.  What Types of Intellectual Property Can a Company Possess or Acquire? When many people think …

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6 Tips to Aid the Patent Application Process

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 9:10 AM


After you’ve had a patent search done to ensure that there is no prior art on your idea, the next step is to fill out a patent application form. While many people choose to enlist the aid of a patent lawyer or agent, others decide to file their application independently.  Whichever option you choose, it's important to know that the patent application process is long and expensive, so here are some helpful tips to make the first part–filling out the actual application–easier.  Talk to other patent hold…

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Education Based Patents for Back to School

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:10 AM


Education has allowed us to expand the minds of our youth and has allowed adults to continue learning. In the old days, a classroom traditionally didn’t involve a lot of stuff. At most, you could expect a chalkboard, some chalk, paper and pencils. Today, our classrooms have expanded far beyond these necessities, providing revolutionary new ways to engage students and communicate essential principles. Here are some of the many patents that have evolved with technology, learning, and all aspects of the educat…

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