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When it comes to securing a patent, who can actually apply?

When an inventor devises a new product or technology for which they would like to secure "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” here in the United States, the conversation invariably shifts to the possibility of securing a patent.

How to protect your work as a photographer

Thousands of people around the country consider themselves amateur photographers, but there are some who call it a profession. Because you are a professional photographer, you rely on your photos to make a living. You probably display your work online through websites and social media pages. While online marketing is necessary to gain new clients, it could spell trouble if you don't take the right steps to protect your work.

Fixing mistakes in patent application publications

When it comes to patent applications, there are a host of reasons as to why an inventor would want it to be published, meaning made available to the public. For instance, publication serves as notice to potential competitors that a product or technology in a particular area is currently being developed, provides recognition to inventors even if the application is ultimately rejected, and helps ensure the protection of provisional rights.

Lawsuit seeks $2 billion from Facebook over alleged theft of VR technology

Of the many technologies currently being developed for consumer use in Silicon Valley, the one perhaps generating the most headlines -- and the biggest corporate outlays -- is virtual reality. Indeed, analysts are predicting that this burgeoning market will generate more than $84 billion in sales in 2020.

Trouble brewing for two men accused of trade secret theft

When people think of trade secrets, they often imagine things like a secret recipe. But business owners across Fort Lauderdale should understand that trade secrets can refer to any information, strategy, formula or methodology that is secret and gives a company a competitive edge.

Already the largest-ever US patent verdict, Merck award could grow

In mid-December, a federal jury found that Gilead Sciences, Inc., had infringed upon patents owned by Merck's Idenix Pharmaceuticals unit. The patents were for two hepatitis C drugs known as Harvoni and Sovaldi, and the jury found that Gilead owed Idenix a percentage of the royalties it earned from those drugs since Idenix's patent was upheld in 2014.

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