uspto Archive

EFF launches new 3D Printing Initiative

A post by Julie Samuels of the Electronic Frontier Foundation details the EFF’s new initiative to identify patent applications on 3D Printing technology and submit prior art applications using the new Third Party Submission provisions created under the America Invents Act.  The idea behind the project is to crowd source prior art searching for the [&hellip

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Patentability of software patent claims

Those looking to wittle away at the patentability of software patents, a recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), Bancorp Services v. Sun Life states that, To salvage an otherwise patent-ineligible process, a computer must be integral to the claimed invention, facilitating the process in a way that a person making [&hellip

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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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Startup Patent Report for March 6, 2012

The first week of March saw a total of 5,333 patents issued by the USPTO.  Here are some of the most interesting ones.  This week’s patent report includes Actimagine, Whaleback Systems, Livestream, Redseal Systems, PopCap Games, BitGravity, Jumptap, Rapleaf and icue

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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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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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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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