Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Introduction The following is a brief summary of each tool for protecting intellectual property (IP). The tools discussed are Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights. Patents Patents protect an idea (invention) that is embodied in a device or method.  This is different from Copyright and Trademarks. The vast majority of patents are “utility patents”. There are also plant patents…

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Junk Patents and Computer Business Methods

Introduction I have written several posts pertaining to USPTO procedures intended to correct the issuance “junk patents”.  By junk patents, I mean patents issued for claimed developments which were, in fact, not innovative.  One often cited example are patents for computers performing tasks that have routinely been performed by individuals in business or commerce, i.e., computer business…

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CHALLENGING JUNK PATENTS II

Introduction Continuing with the topic of the USPTO issuing patents for items that are not truly patentable “developments”, the America Invents Act (AIA) introduced a significant change allowing third party submission of information to an examiner challenging the potential issuance of Junk Patents .  See my article Challenging Junk Patents Discussion You may become aware…

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