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Defending against patent infringement

If you create a something and choose to patent it, what can you really do if you believe that someone is violating your patent? This all depends on the nature of the violation and the steps you are willing to take to reach a just resolution. Often, patent violations occur when a very large company with many complex operations uses something patented by a small innovator. In theses cases, it can feel like a literal David-and-Goliath scenario, and it is often difficult to know where to begin.

Anti-troll director of US Patent and Trademark Office resigns

Michelle Lee joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 and was named its interim director in 2013. The following year, she was formally nominated as director. She was the first woman to serve as director. Before joining the agency, she was an in-house attorney for Google.

American Bar Association calls for less ambiguity in patent law

Patent eligibility has become an issue of grave concern to many in the intellectual property industry, particularly after recent decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Concerned parties include the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Patent troll targets Netflix, Soundcloud over offline mode

The popular streaming service Netflix is one of numerous companies that has been targeted by a patent troll in a lawsuit. Blackbird technologies is suing Netflix -- in addition to Starz, Soundcloud, Vimeo and other companies -- in response to the streaming companies development of an "offline" mode, one that allows people to download episodes or movies that they would have access to through the paid subscription service while connected to the internet. Users would then have access to those episodes or movies even when they aren't connected to the internet.

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.

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.

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.

Let's discuss three different types of patents

Patents provide very important legal protections to companies and individuals who make novel, non-obvious ideas come to life. But there isn't just one type of patent that covers every potential idea that could ever be conceived. There are numerous different types of patents, and today we want to take a look at them.

USPTO seeks public feedback regarding patent examination times

The Patent application process can be cumbersome. There often is a considerable amount of time between when you submit an application and when you receive an approval or denial from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Much of this time is taken up by the Patent examiner's review of the application.

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