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Should you devote resources to monitoring your competitors IP?

A successful business person understands that in order to stay ahead of the competition, he or she must stay informed about the competition. One way to stay informed is to monitor competitors’ publications issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”).  These publications include published non-provisional patent applications and issued patents. Generally, non-provisional [&hellip

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Twitter appears to be getting into the Patent race

I have written previously that Twitter only has a single published patent application to its name and no patents. The application is the famous pull down to refresh application which was acquired with Twitter’s acquisition of Tweetie. While it is possible that Twitter has other unpublished patent applications pending at the USPTO, it is clear [&hellip

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Startup Patent Report for week of February 28, 2012

For the week of Tuesday, February 28, 20122, there were 5,271 patents issued by the USPTO.  Below are nine interesting patents issued to small businesses.  These patents are assigned to Rebit, Cross Loop, Zoombak, Roundbox, MeLLmo, Talari Networks, Perceptive Pixel and OnLive

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Startup Patent Report for February 21, 2012 (Part 2/2)

In part 1 of this week’s Startup Patent Report, we looked at newly issued patents from Convey Computer, Ekinops, Kingsisle Entertainment, Better Place and Avalanche Technology. Part 2 examines several additional interesting patents issued this week to Kosmix, Caustic Graphics, DesignIn, and Kryptiq

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Startup Patent Report for February 21, 2012 (Part 1/2)

For the week of February 21, 2012, the USPTO issued 5,284 patents.  This was a good week for young companies, so I am dividing the report into two parts.  In part 1 below,  I discuss five patents issued to young companies Convey Computer, Ekinops, Kingsisle Entertainment, Better Place and Avalanche Technology that I found interesting. [&hellip

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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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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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Tagged you’re IP!

Social Networking patents always seem to stir up controversy.  One of the most successful social networking portfolios was the Friendster portfolio, which was bought by Facebook last year for almost 40 million dollars.  With that in mind, I wanted to take a look at what other early social networking portfolios are out there. As is [&hellip

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