What NOT to do before you file

Introduction This is an update of my previously published post from January.  The key element is to avoid public disclosure of  your invention.  This article attempts to clarify what NOT to do before you file a provisional or non-provisional application for patent. Remember, once the innovative horse has galloped out (or been lured out) of…

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Documenting Inventions

Introduction Since 2013, the United States has been a “First to File” jurisdiction.  Prior to 2013, the US patent law awarded patents to the first inventor, rather than the first inventor to file.  Previous to this change, it was accepted practice that researchers/inventors maintain documentation of their development efforts.  Documenting inventions however remains important. Typically, documentation involved maintaining…

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PATENTING BLOCK CHAIN APPLICATIONS

Introduction Everyone has heard of Bitcoin and its progeny, e.g., Ethereum, etc. It is also well known that cryptocurrencies operate on a platform of blockchains. Blockchains utilize a distributed network wherein each node of the chain possesses the identical information of every other node. Therefore, if the information changes on only one node of the…

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