Understanding Different Forms of Intellectual Property

Posted by Robb Evans on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Protecting intellectual property is a vital part of most business operations. Intellectual property rights allow us to claim ownership over a certain creation, so that we can get due credit when that creation is used. In the field of intellectual property protection, that creation is usually called “art.” However, art isn’t limited to oil paints on a canvas; intellectual property law protects authorship, inventions, designs, and proprietary processes. What are the different kinds of intellectual property pr…

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Why Careful Patent Search Matters

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Much has changed since the late nineteenth century when the U.S. Patent Office Commissioner Charles H. Duell supposedly declared that every possible invention had already been invented. The statement was more likely rooted in folklore than an authentic historic quote since the era marked the beginning of electric power plants and cities illuminated with electrical lighting, along with cars and motion pictures. Since then millions of patents have been awarded, and patent search has become a vital tool for en…

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A Brief Overview of the Patent Application Process

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Wondering how to patent your idea? For those new to the world of patents, it’s easy to quickly become bewildered. You have a strong idea, but you’re just not sure how to proceed in order to best protect your intellectual property. Here at GPS, we’ve seen many inventors, investors, and business leaders get short-changed because they made mistakes navigating the patent process. Patent filing is a dense, slow, and complicated realm. But in order to give you a framework with which to move forward, here’s a bir…

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Security and Confidentiality Considerations During Patent Prep

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Assembling a strong patent application takes time. As a patent agent, you want to frame the application in such a way that will ensure a smooth approval process for your client. However, the longer that you wait to submit an application, the greater the chances that a potential competitor could edge in ahead of an inventor’s claim. During this vital time, most inventors and business developers aren’t just sitting on their hands; they’re also in the process of building prototypes, outsourcing work, talking w…

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The Benefits of Early Stage Investigation for Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 8:55 AM

If you have an idea for a new invention, your next instinct is probably to start developing, testing, and refining the product. You may be someone who thinks ahead and has already started to embark on preliminary patent procedures, such as talking with a patent agent or even working on filing a provisional patent application. However, if you haven’t yet done effective patent research, all of that effort--from the fee you paid for the provisional application to the time you spent in product development--coul…

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The Value of Affordable, High Quality Patent Search

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Whether you're a lawyer, inventor, researcher or business leader looking to minimize risk, patent search is a valuable endeavor that helps demystify intellectual property ownership. Knowing who owns what and where holes exist for new inventions is essential for those interested in capitalizing on patent data. Here are ways that Global Patent Solutions (GPS) can help you through this complex process. Why Patent Search Is Complicated The 10 millionth patent in the United States was awarded on June 19, 2018 …

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2017 in Review: Part Two

Posted by Robb Evans on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 10:33 AM

With less than 24 hours to go, we're counting down to 2018 with a look back on all that happened this year.  In our last entry, we mentioned catching up with the CRISPR-Cas9 case and PTAB's ruling that both parties involved would retain the right to license their own patents. However, in July, the University of California filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. stating that PTAB overlooked key aspects of the case and was incorrect in its ruling that the t…

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2017 in Review: Part One

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 7:14 AM

2018 is just days away, and as we count down to the end of the year, we thought it would be fun to look back at all that's happened this past year.     In January, CES celebrated its 50th anniversary in Las Vegas, debuting its largest show floor ever with more than 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space and over 3,800 participating companies.  Consumers, industry leaders and techies attended from all over the world, getting a sneak peak of some of the most unique future tech out there, like the Faraday …

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's...Disney

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 5:12 PM

The Walt Disney Co. is making plans to incorporate new rides into its parks after its recent purchase of mass media corporation 21st Century Fox.  The $52.4 billion deal is just the first step in Disney's entrance into the world of video streaming, one that could also give the company a competitive edge over online giants like Netflix, Amazon and Apple. Under the conditions of the deal, Disney will acquire roughly two-thirds of 21st Century Fox, not including Fox News, the Fox broadcast network and FS1 spor…

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Uber & NASA Partner for New Fleet of Flying Taxis

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Uber and NASA have teamed up in an effort to bring  “the future of on-demand, urban air transportation” to clear skies everywhere.  The ridesharing tech company announced back in April that it would begin development of a new fleet of flying taxis as a part of its Uber Elevate initiative. With NASA behind it to help manage and develop air traffic systems, Uber hopes to demo the first set of its autonomous flight vehicles in Los Angeles by 2020.  The flights will allegedly hold as many as four passengers at …

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Allergan Patent Controversy Continues

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Seeking protection from the patent challenges brought by generic drug makers, Allergan Plc made an unusual, and controversial, deal back in September that has continued to make waves in the patent world.  The global pharmaceutical company announced the transfer of patents related to its popular eye medication, Restasis, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, "a recognized sovereign tribal government" with "sovereign immunity from IPR challenges," according to the company's press release.   Under the conditions of…

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Life...Or Something Like It

Posted by Robb Evans on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:48 PM

  Ever wondered what it would be like to live forever?  Billionaire Dmitry Itskov and his team are on a mission to find out.  The Russian entrepreneur's latest project, referred to as the 2045 Initiative, aims to make immortality feasible by creating cybernetic technologies capable of prolonging human life and, possibly even, eliminating aging and death.  Founded in 2011, 2045 Initiative invites researchers, scientists, politicians and others to join in the movement to educate, support and inspire the tech…

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Ocean Supercluster to Drive Innovation in Canada

Posted by Robb Evans on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:37 AM

Members of the latest Canadian Supercluster are coming together to address some of the most common challenges faced by one of the world's most important environments: the ocean.  Canada has the longest coastline in the world, stretching 243,042 km, or roughly 151,483 miles, yet it sees less economic benefit from its oceans than most other coastal countries.  In fact, currently, the ocean accounts for only 15-20% of Atlantic Canada's economy. Canada's Ocean Supercluster, a collaboration between industry-lead…

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Food, Family & an Appetite for Odd Patents

Posted by Robb Evans on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Tis the season for friends, family, food and... fantastically odd patents?  In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we thought we'd take a look at some unique, related patents that may or may not ever reach the market.  Check out a few selections below: This patent for "Pumpkin Powder" was first issued back in the late 1800s, with the intention of providing consumers with a more convenient ingredient for making pies, among other things. Essentially, the patented system centers around removing the pulp…

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Bill Gates to Bring “Smart City” to Arizona

Posted by Robb Evans on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:58 PM

Bill Gates is no stranger to innovation; in fact, the billionaire has just invested in the development of a new “smart city” in Arizona, intended to serve as a hub for innovation and progressive technology in the greater-Phoenix area.The 24,800 acre development, named Belmont, will allegedly feature the latest and greatest in technology, including: autonomous vehicles, advanced digital networks, data centers and much more.     The former Microsoft CEO has invested $80 million in the project which, following…

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