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Wipi_2014_patents. Number of Patents Issued | Percent of Patents Approved | Patents Granted. U.S. Patent Statistics Summary Table, Calendar Years 1963 to 2014, 03/2015 update. Magazine - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value for Business. IPBiz. The Lowballing of Kodak's Patent Portfolio. In January 2012, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, having succumbed to a digital revolution in photography that it had helped to start. But the company’s managers still hoped to escape from bankruptcy and have another shot at greatness by selling part of a portfolio of patents that experts valued as high as US $4.5 billion.

Eleven months later, those roughly 1700 patents (together with 655 patent applications) sold for just $94 million—less than the licensing fees Kodak had collected in its worst-ever year in recent history. What’s more, the company licensed its remaining 20 000 patents to a dozen leading technology companies for only $433 million, severely restricting future earnings from them. Without its anticipated multibillion-dollar payoff, the company was forced to hand over its iconic photographic film and paper businesses, as well as potentially lucrative new technologies like digital printing kiosks, to a spin-off owned by its U.K. pension fund.

Patent Law Blogs and the ABA. I am pleased to announce that Patently-O was selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal as their favorite IP Law blog for 2011. It is an honor that Patently-O has been chosen as one of the top-100 legal blogs by the ABA Journal each year for the past five years. This year, the list includes two patent law focused blogs: Patently-O along with Gene & Renee Quinn's IP Watchdog. Gene was running his popular site and working as a law professor even before I started law school. IP Watchdog was a great resource for me during law school both for Gene's straightforward explanation of the law as well as his practical guidance for those new to the profession. Along with the listing of top-100 blogs, the ABA also conducts a public voting for the most popular blogs.

Of course, the Patent Law "blog-o-sphere" is not limited to our two sites. PatLit: the patent litigation weblog. Patent Prospector: Litigation Archives. July 25, 2013 Model Order In assertion, patent holders sling whatever they can at whoever they can. Par for the course of exploitative capitalism. But, as part of their war on patents (excepting those owned by large corporations), the CAFC issued a "model order" instructing trial courts to summarily dismiss seemingly redundant claims. Beside the sheer denial of legal right, this order contradicted Tafas v. Doll (CAFC 2009), which explicitly set no limit on claim assertion. Continue reading "Model Order" Posted by Patent Hawk at 5:13 PM | Litigation January 16, 2013 Incompetence Personified In Smith & Nephew v. Posted by Patent Hawk at 2:27 PM | Litigation December 11, 2012 Mootness The overbearing bumbling of the CAFC is ceaseless. Posted by Patent Hawk at 3:17 PM | Litigation November 21, 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass The Federal bench is well stocked with judges too stupid to rule prudentially, instead indulging their bias.

Continue reading "Kentucky Bluegrass" April 29, 2011 Domination Abomination Trash. Provisional application. Under United States patent law, a provisional application is a legal document filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that establishes an early filing date, but does not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a regular non-provisional patent application within one year. There is no such thing as a "provisional patent".[1] The same term is used in past and current patent laws of other countries with different meanings.

History[edit] Characteristics[edit] The date of filing of the provisional patent application can also be used as the foreign priority date for applications filed in countries other than the United States and for an international application, but not for a design patent. A provisional application, as such, is never examined by the USPTO, and therefore can never become a patent. A "provisional" is automatically abandoned (expires) one year after it is filed. Procedure and benefits[edit] See also[edit] Notes[edit] External links[edit]

InventorsEye | April 2010. The Provisional Patent Application: What You Need to Know A provisional patent application (PPA) is a patent application that can be used by a patent applicant to secure a filing date while avoiding the costs associated with the filing and prosecution of a non-provisional patent application. More specifically, if a non-provisional application is filed within one year from the filing date of a PPA, the non-provisional application may claim the benefit of the filing date of the PPA. (Why filing dates for patent applications are important will be discussed below.) Because a PPA is not examined, an applicant can also avoid the costs typically associated with non-provisional patent prosecution (certain attorney’s fees, for example) for a year while determining whether his/her invention is commercially viable. What are the benefits of filing a PPA? A PPA essentially provides a one-year extension as to the filing of a U.S. non-provisional patent application.

Why are filing dates important? The Patent King He has a staggering 558 patents, costing companies around the world some $1.5 billion in licensing fees. But what did Jerome Lemelson actually invent? - May 14, 2001. The Patent King He has a staggering 558 patents, costing companies around the world some $1.5 billion in licensing fees. But what did Jerome Lemelson actually invent? (FORTUNE Magazine) – This past February, Jerome Lemelson passed an impressive milestone: The number of companies paying for licenses on his patents reached 750. The list includes an amazing array of corporations: old-economy stalwarts like Alcoa, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly, and GE; manufacturing behemoths like Ford, GM, and U.S. Steel; technology titans like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco. So far, these licenses have reaped nearly $1.5 billion. It would be appealing to view Lemelson as part of the great American tradition of the small inventor battling the rapacious corporation.

Lemelson may well have been a genius: He earned 558 patents (some came after his death), which leaves him four places behind the inventore-di-tutti-inventori, Thomas Edison. Take, for instance, Lemelson v. And then there were the delays. Intellectual Property Archives - SiNApSE. Silver lining for Inventors and Small & Medium Enterprises Beginning with the inception of an idea through to the development, protection and commercialization of the idea, investments are needed at every step. The huge costs involved in the conversion of an invention to a final product/process, that can be commercialized to yield benefits, appears to be an insurmountable hurdle for several inventors and small to medium scale organizations. The cost for protection of an invention is nearly equal to the cost for developing and solidifying the concept.

The recent fee changes in filing, prosecution […] Read more › IPAB removes “Tiger” mark from Register of Trademarks In a recent Rectification Petition, the IPAB passed an order for the removal of the Trademark Tiger Brand label (application no. 1330146 under class 34) from the Register of Trademarks. Ferrari fights its own Fan over Facebook fan-page! Delhi HC denies interim injunction filed by India Today against Nation Today. Patently-O, the nation's leading patent law blog. Turn Your Idea into an Invention with a Good Description.

Previously I wrote Describing Your Invention Completely in a Patent Application, which focused on the type of information you want to include to capture the full glory of your invention. This article is a follow-up to that, focusing this time on what the law requires and why, concluding with suggestions to help in breaking through the idea and getting to something more tangible. Reading these two articles in conjunction should give a more complete understanding of what is required and how to get from idea to patentable invention. I start this tale observing a central reality: Inventors are creative people who observe a problem and envision a solution. Practically anyone can be an inventor because the first step on the path to inventing is the generation of an idea. Unfortunately, ideas cannot be patented and for many individuals the path to invention stops right there.

But it doesn’t have to stop there. There are, in fact, four primary patentability requirements. Conclusion. Azrights Intellectual Property, IT Lawyers and Solicitors. Inventor who shocked tech world stumped by 43-year patent delay. Preserving Cabrini-Green's images In the sharp sun of an April afternoon, Nate Lanthrum walks through the remains of Cabrini-Green giving away what he has taken. He looks out of place, a white guy carrying a $1,500 Nikon D700 camera, but the residents are used to him by now and greet... Blackhawks thrilled to have Brent Seabrook back Starting with Game 6 Sunday, Brent Seabrook's timeout will be over and the defenseman will be back on the ice — so long as he promises to play nice. The Blackhawks have done pretty well in Seabrook's absence, winning all three games the NHL...

NFL draft preview: Defensive ends As the NFL draft nears — it takes place May 8-10 — we're taking an 11-day, position-by-position look at what's out there and what the Bears need. In May 1974, Tribune delivered 2 Watergate bombshells Obama denounces racist comments reportedly made by NBA owner Cubs can't take advantage of Brewers' injuries Northwestern women win at Wrigley Blackhawks thrilled to have Brent Seabrook back. Inventor who shocked tech world stumped by 43-year patent delay. Inventor who shocked tech world stumped by 43-year patent delay. Inventor who shocked tech world stumped by 43-year patent delay. An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process. The patent process actually starts well before you file a patent application or seek assistance from a patent attorney.

Every patent application starts with an invention, and every invention starts with an idea. While ideas are not patentable, there will be a point in time when the idea you are working on comes into vision with enough detail to cross what I call the idea / invention boundary. To have a protectable invention you have to be able to describe it with enough detail so that someone of skill in the relevant technical field can understand how to both make and use the invention. Once you can do that, or once the patent attorney or patent agent you hire can, you are ready to file a patent application. The first step in the patent process should really be a patent search. Doing a patent search is really the only way to get a realistic idea about whether the invention is likely able to be protected.

At this point your application is now ready to enter the examination phase. Tomo Article %28IP Strategy%29.pdf.