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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Selling and Licensing Your Patent

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:24 AM


You have a brilliant idea for a product or service and it’s patented, congratulations! But now what? How do you make money from that idea? Numerous things can stop us from putting patented ideas into production, no matter how big our operation is. You may determine that it's too expensive for you to produce, or that you want to concentrate your efforts in another area of development. One way to make money from an underutilized patent is to sell or license your patent to a company.  When you want to sell yo…

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Trending Tech: Folding Technology Patents Are the Future

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:36 AM


Technology is constantly evolving, and it seems as if every day something new is coming out. Keeping an eye on popular patent topics is a great way to watch for early developments in consumer technology. Lately, one of the biggest trends in the tech patent world is folding screens. From phones to computers, here are the latest folding technology patents and what they mean for our digital world.   Foldable Phones Apple is arguably the most well-known name in the phone game, but they weren’t the first horse…

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Patent Portfolio Management Tips for the 21st Century

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 8:51 AM


As global markets, patent law, and technology all progress and change, it can be difficult for businesses to know how to adapt their patent portfolio in order to maximize their assets and control management costs. Here at Global Patent Solutions, we provide search, consultation, and IP management services that help businesses better position their IP strategy by leveraging the power of information. Here are a few key considerations that we’ve noticed can help businesses nail down a winning patent management…

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Guarding Against Patent Trolls Through Smart Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 10:18 AM


The patent system was established in order to promote innovation in the United States, rewarding new ideas by protecting exclusivity in exchange for shared information that can benefit everyone. Patents grant holders the ability to bring legislation against anyone who is infringing on their intellectual property.  However, like most things, this idealistic system can be twisted in order to serve those who are only looking for personal gain, rather than contributing innovation and economic stimulation to th…

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Understanding Chemical Structure Patent Searches

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:49 AM


Typically, when people think of patenting something, it’s often a product, something tangible that others can use. But many different things can be patented. A process, such as a new business process can be patented or a formula, such as a recipe, can be patented. There are also some things that can’t be patented, such as a mathematical formula or substance found in nature. A chemical patent is a patent for a chemical product. Examples of chemical patents that shaped our modern world are penicillin, polyet…

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Fun Patents to Make Your Summertime Cooler

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8:54 AM


Every summer it seems like new products enter the market to accompany us on our vacations and adventures. From classic products like sunglasses to new ones like inventive toys, we’ll take a look at the patents that have contributed to a great American summer from past and present decades. Sunglasses   Sunglasses are a summer staple. It’s hard to go outside in the blazing sun without covering your eyes (unless you want to squint all day). The history of sunglasses goes far back and some of today's most wel…

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