Strategy Archive

Apple Mountain Lion Messages and HipChat

TechCrunch has an interesting post this morning regarding the similarities between the new Messages icon and the HipChat icon: The similarities are obvious.  Both color schemes are similar and both have two bubbles overlaid, but in a reverse order.   In the TechCrunch piece, HipChat’s CEO, Pete Hurley,  is quoted as saying, “I doubt we’re on Apple’s [&hellip

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Trademark Registration and which symbol to use on websites, blogs or mobile apps?

A quick refresher on registered and unregistered trademarks for those with websites and mobile apps.  Are you using the proper symbols with your marks

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Help! There’s a patent on my idea! What now?

One of the most frequent questions I get goes something like this: “I have a really cool idea, but (name of big company or university) has a patent on that.”  With over 8,000,000 patents issued to date and thousands of new patents issued weekly, the chances are good that there are patents out there that [&hellip

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Why is the provisional patent application graveyard overflowing?

Today on Patently-O, Dennis Crouch identified an interesting statistic – nearly half (48%) of all provisional patent applications are abandoned without being relied upon.  This number is significantly higher than what I expected and is growing.  It is worth considering why this is the case

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Thinking about IP? The first question to ask is…

When talking with a new client or a potential client about their IP position, needs and strategy, I always start by asking the same question: “which feature of your product do you fear competitors copying.”  This question leads to a discussion about what really sets the particular company/product apart from all the current and future [&hellip

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IP as an exit strategy

For any entrepreneur starting their company, the reward for a lot of hard work is typically a great new product that hopefully leads to customers, sales and wealth.  Of course, the end goal also often includes an exit strategy.  Generally, the exit strategy has been to be acquired or to have a successful IPO. The [&hellip

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Dropbox IP – why patent now?

I received an e-mail this morning asking me what the job posting for a patent counsel on the Dropbox website means.  Dropbox currently has no patents or published patent applications at the USPTO or at WIPO.  The single patent that appears assigned to a Dropbox Inc at the USPTO assignment database is clearly a different [&hellip

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So Who Are Facebook’s Patent Friends?

Earlier this week, I noted that Facebook currently owns 43 patents (and about 80 patent applications).  In fact, there are only 42 currently issued patents, with one patent being listed twice.  Today, I am taking a look at those 42 patents to see where they came from.  Of the 42 patents, 10 were based on [&hellip

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So how many patents do Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn, Twitter really have?

Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and Twitter are four of the most important startups of the past few years, so their patent portfolios are worth monitoring.  How many patents do these four companies have? This morning, the popular Twitterer @counternotions made the following inaccurate tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/counternotions/status

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It’s (h)IP to be Square

Square, the mobile payments startup was founded in May 2010 by Jack Dorsey and James McKelvey.  The company makes it easy for individuals and small businesses to accept credit card payments by providing a mobile app and card reader for various mobile operating systems.  Though mobile payments is a crowded space with heavyweights such as PayPal [&hellip

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