Patents

Dollar Shave Club Files Countersuit Against Gillette

Dollar Shave Club has entered a countersuit against Gillette in an ongoing lawsuit alleging intellectual property violation. Two months ago, Gillette sued Dollar Shave Club, claiming that Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service, had violated a patent that reduces the … Continue reading

Newegg Sues Patent Troll After they Drop Case

There seems to be no end to the number of people or even companies who will try to enforce patent rights against other companies. Many of these companies don’t really manufacture anything at all, but they want to be paid … Continue reading

Plant Patents are Complex

One area of patent law that can be rather confusing surrounds the area of plant varieties. Since the Plant Patent Acts of 1930, the Patent Act of 1952 and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) of 1970, plants and the … Continue reading

Gillette Sues Dollar Shave Club over Patent Infringement

If you’re active on the internet and social media, you have probably seen the ads for Dollar Shave Club. They have print ads and television ads running as well. The premise of the Dollar Shave Club is offering razors and … Continue reading

Google Files Patent for Blood Glucose Watch

Everyone’s favorite search engine appears to be getting into the healthcare wearable business if their patent applications are any indication. Google recently filed for a patent for a watch that may eventually replace blood glucose meters. The watch, which is … Continue reading

Coca-Cola Bottle Patent Turns 100

When it comes to patents, you can never have too many. Even improving a design in just a minuscule way deserves a patent. One company has been innovating and patenting a particular item for 100 years. Their patent for their … Continue reading

The Patent Law Utility Requirement

Patent law can be a tricky issue to approach. The object of getting a patent is so that you can protect your invention from anyone else marketing or selling it. However, there are certain requirements that you must meet in … Continue reading

USPTO Opens New Satellite Office in Dallas, More Coming

There’s good news in the IP law field for people who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is opening a new branch in Dallas. Dallas is becoming known as a technology hub. Having an … Continue reading

Are your Patents Strong Enough?

A trade magazine has expressed worry that many U.S. patents may not be as strong as they seem. IAM magazine quotes experts that say at least one in three intellectual property experts are concerned about the low-quality of U.S. patents. … Continue reading

What do those Funny Symbols Mean?

New business owners trying to wade into the pool of possible IP protections may soon find themselves very confused. Figuring out exactly which protections are necessary is vital. Do you need a patent or a trademark? How do I file … Continue reading

Supreme Court Rules on Commil vs Cisco

An IP infringement case has worked its way all the way through to the Supreme Court. To understand the case between Commil and Cisco, we need to explain a bit of law. Someone can directly infringe on a patent by … Continue reading

New IP Agreement Between Cellectics and the University of Minnesota

One of the ways that research universities generate income is through developing new intellectual property and licensing it to businesses. These agreements generally allow the university to continue development of the technology for the benefit of their students and for … Continue reading

Learn about the Upcoming Hague Agreement

Industrial design IP is an important part of today’s marketplace. Look no further to Apple’s success to see that. Their sleek designs and functionality are one of the big draws to their technology. U.S. design patent application filings have doubled … Continue reading

Patent Re-examination can Help or Hinder your Case

If you are facing IP litigation, there are some strategies you can take to defend yourself. Sometimes a defendant accused of patent infringement might ask the court to stay the case while the U.S. Patent Office re-examines the patent for … Continue reading

Watch Out for these IP Ownership Problems

Many startups don’t start with a formal business agreement. Instead, it’s just a small group of people with an idea. Perhaps it’s just one person with an idea and several others with business experience. Once multiple people are involved in … Continue reading

JURY STILL OUT ON THE PATENT TRIAL AND APPEAL BOARD

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was created by Congress as part of patent reform legislation under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) signed into law in September 2011. PTAB is the administrative law body of the United States … Continue reading

PROS AND CONS OF PROVISIONAL PATENTS

On September 16, 2011 the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law, thus heralding a radical shift in U.S. patent procedure away from the historic—and globally practiced—”first to invent” laws, and in its place adopting a “first to file” … Continue reading

The Internet Business and Business Plan Patents

SPECIAL NOTE: The law regarding Internet Business & Business Plan Patents is currently in great flux. The following article was written years ago, when many Internet Business & Business Plan Patents were being granted. Please read only for historical significance. … Continue reading

Timing in the IP World & a Country’s Intellectual Capital

In the United States, the first to invent is the first in right. However, this rule has been modified, so you should talk to our registered patent attorney, Michael L. Greenberg, if you desire more information. Outside of the United … Continue reading

The best-known areas of Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

A Patent oftentimes protects things which have some sort of function. Before filing a patent application, you should have Michael L. Greenberg, our registered patent attorney, perform a patent search to find out if your idea appears patentable. A patent … Continue reading

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