Should You File a Provisional Patent Application?

Watch out for misleading information! Some websites say you can file a patent application for just a few hundred dollars. You can even do it yourself! “Just complete our simple online questionnaire! Obtain peace of mind that your intellectual property is protected!” Well, it’s not that easy. Your mother was…
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Software Developers Can Relax

If you are a software developer, you have probably been concerned about the future of software patents. Ever since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, district courts and the Patent Office have been using Alice to invalidate hundreds of software patents, on the…
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Apple vs FBI, Part 2

The dispute between Apple and the FBI continued this week, with opposition filings in California, a court order in New York, and congressional hearings. Can the government force a company to write code to bypass security features? Is there a First Amendment problem here? Join Jennifer Atkins and Clyde Findley…
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Apple vs FBI

A district court in California has ordered Apple to create software that will disable security features on the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino shooters. The order garnered significant public attention and vows to appeal from Apple. Can the government require a tech company to create backdoors into technology…
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Internet of Things: Little ‘Bots Are Watching You!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest technologies on the scene today. It refers to “things” that are able to communicate on the Internet – things like Fitbits, Smartphones, biosensors, coffee makers, thermostats, and even automobiles. These things collect data and they make determinations about what people…
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Frack! My Patent Is Unenforceable!

Inequitable conduct cases don’t happen every day in patent law, so when one comes along, it can be interesting. A recent decision from North Dakota examined an unusual set of facts surrounding the sale of patented hydraulic fracturing technology almost two years before the inventor filed a patent application. After…
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