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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Protecting Your Ideas in a Knowledge Based Economy

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 9:02 AM


Inventors around the world come up with thousands of great ideas every second. Most of these will go by the wayside; but, a precious handful will be put on paper and pushed forward. These products and services provide solutions to a wide range of needs, and the first need inventors must consider is the requirement to protect their idea from thieves eager to profit from their hard work. Otherwise, inventors can spend years and considerable resources fighting patent infringement and licensing claims. As the s…

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Understanding Patent Infringement and Your Options

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 1:59 PM


Patent infringement isn't something that happens to other companies; it's something our patent consulting firm sees happening to every company. Whether it is an established company infringing a patent, or an upstart copycat, patent infringement can sink your bottom line. Worse still, substandard craftsmanship or flaws in the design can negatively affect the consumer's perception of the product, which can result in long-term damage to your company's reputation. When patent infringement occurs, your company m…

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Reflecting on the Last 20 Years in Patents: An Analysis in 5 Charts

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 1:19 PM


With the advent of a new decade, many of us are looking back at the last ten years to understand how things have changed and how things may continue into the future. Thanks to the USPTO, we have some fairly interesting statistics about patent filings, which can offer some clarity about the future of intellectual property protection in the country. Here’s a snapshot of some trends that we’ve seen since 2000, and some insights to help you understand what is going on behind the changing numbers. One brief not…

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How a Utility Patent Protects the Ideas of Inventors

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:24 AM


Approximately 90% of all applications submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are for a utility patent. These applications include everything from machinery to manufacturing methods. Inventors can apply for a patent on a new invention, or as an improvement on an existing product or process. Indeed, the definitions are deliberately broad, which gives inventors considerable latitude to apply for a patent and protect their idea. The Basics of Filing a Utility Patent The invention m…

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What Occurs When You Don't Pay a Patent Maintenance Fee?

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8:25 AM


Many people mistakenly believe that the receipt of a patent is the final step in the process of protecting their creation. It's not. The fact is that to maintain the patent, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) requires patent holders to pay patent maintenance fees at intervals of 42, 90, and 138 months. Failure to pay these fees results in the expiration of the patent. It is a common mistake, and it can have devastating financial consequences for individuals and business entities. Paten…

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Discover How to Secure a Foreign Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:56 AM


There is a big world out there filled with opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs. Whether you plan to expand overseas or want to protect your product from copycats on foreign shores, it is advisable to conduct a foreign patent search as soon as possible. Conducting an international patent search helps ensure you are not copying someone else's idea as much as it prevents others from copying your ideas and marketing them as their own. Much like the process of securing a patent from the United States P…

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Discover How to Secure a Foreign Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:56 AM


There is a big world out there filled with opportunities for enterprising entrepreneurs. Whether you plan to expand overseas or want to protect your product from copycats on foreign shores, it is advisable to conduct a foreign patent search as soon as possible. Conducting an international patent search helps ensure you are not copying someone else's idea as much as it prevents others from copying your ideas and marketing them as their own. Much like the process of securing a patent from the United States P…

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Patent Novelty 101: What Inventors Need to Keep in Mind

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:38 AM


Your invention or idea must be novel to receive a patent. It must include at least one inventive step, and it must have a useful purpose. This is known as patent novelty, and it is one of the first things any inventor must consider before filing a patent application. The reality is that the concept of patent novelty isn't as abstract as it may first appear. Novelty = Not Public The invention must be new and unknown to the public. This means that it can't exist in the marketplace. It can't be included with…

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Patent Licensing 101

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 9:21 AM


There are many ways an inventor can bring their product to market. Some choose to create a company around their product and sell it directly, some sell it to a company to take over the production process for them, and others license their patent. In this blog post, we will discuss what licensing is and what an inventor needs to know about licensing benefits, contracts, and financial opportunity.    Patent Licensing and Its Benefits  Patent licensing is where you license your patented product to a company …

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