Long past are the days when technology and IP were less used strategic tools. Today, when technology and patents are considered a strong actor in business development, a patent analyst’s […]

A well thought basic patent is like the ugly duckling. It will be ridiculed at first, but give it time. Once it has persevered enough and the right time comes, […]

How would you feel if government cancels driving license of all the citizens only because of reckless driving by some drunken drivers? Individual inventors today are getting this exact feeling […]

When people think of patents, if they do at all, they usually picture a crazed inventor who looks a lot like Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future, working late nights […]

Unintelligible patents are the hallmark of patents written by someone who does not understand the invention or by someone who wants to make the patent so obtuse that they need […]

Our patent system is in trouble. An entire class of legal instruments, once lauded as worthy and essential elements in a free-market economy built upon innovation, has become suspect. What’s […]

Calculating the value of the contribution of individual essential patents to the value of a standard is a hopeless exercise. The debate reminds of attempts to calculate the value contribution […]

The process of obtaining a patent – or, indeed, in some cases not obtaining a patent – from the initial invention disclosure through to a final disposition of some sort, involves a […]

Ambiguity is never going to be completely eliminated. In fact, the courts have told us some ambiguity in patents is acceptable. But ambiguity is also the fuel for disputes. If […]

What does patent quality mean to the client? It means that, years after we obtain a patent, when we need to leverage that patent, and we dust it off, we […]

Patent Quality is not invention quality and it is not patent value. Invention quality, patent quality and patent value are all different. They relate to each other. They may impact […]

The EPO is one single organization when it comes to process, but you can’t negotiate with them at a political level because they’ll engage you in a conversation but at […]

I really think patent drafters have a very, very difficult job. They’re drafting for the inventor in front of them. If they’re outside counsel, they’re also drafting for their partner […]

Code is code. Where it runs doesn’t matter. So it’s not different. I wrote software for 10 years. Not much, if anything, is completely original in software. Like Jobs said, it’s […]

Small businesses can and do become great without patents. The problem for little guys with patents is that no patent lives in a vacuum. Particularly with software and technology. There […]

Once you understand the history you can invent for the future. Without understanding the prior art you don’t have a roadmap. –Stephen key

If you don’t have a patent system in place, no one’s going to publish their research, and no one’s going to invest those R&D dollars, because they can’t get a […]

I always find it rather ironic that some of the companies that are on the other side of the patent troll fight are companies that started with a single patent […]

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Those with more resources have some advantages in any litigation. That’s one reason a patent right is important, it can level that playing field a bit. Which is why I […]

We don’t like litigation. There’s nothing great about it. We‘re not set up to engage in it. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming, distracting and it doesn’t look good for anybody to […]

We all know that there is a cost to society if we issue a patent or a claim that should not have issued, just as there’s a cost to society […]

Creation of an IP Strategy that allows innovators to capture and maximize the value of their innovation investment is really not rocket science. –Jackie Hutter

Invention is not a singular event, and neither is innovating. Succeeding in the marketplace with your innovation is a journey! –Gene Quinn

Figuring out the alternatives and what the fullest extent of what can be protected takes time; describing all the alternatives and what you are entitled to receive takes even more time. Time is not something bargain basement service providers offer.