Using Negative Limitations to Broaden Software Patent Claims

Software patents are often limited in the breadth of their claims because of slightly similar technologies directed to different applications that nevertheless include similar inventive elements. For example, an invention that employed encryption may be rejected during patent examination because of a previous invention or prior art reference that...
Jan 14, 2015 |

The Truth About Patent Trolls

A patent troll is in the field of intellectual property, and more specifically that of licensing. It is the name given to a company or an individual who uses the licensing and patent litigation as the main economic activity. The patent troll name was used in 1993 to describe companies who bring multiple patent infringement litigation cases. The...
Dec 25, 2014 |

Patenting a Consumer Oriented Product - Emphasizing Function As Well As Form

Every year, entrepreneurs introduce into the market hundreds of new consumer-oriented products. These products cater to a variety of personal activities: cooking, personal care, sports, gardening, cleaning, etc. Usually, consumer goods are mass-produced and sold at a low cost, say less than fifty dollars. Therefore, out of necessity, they utilize...
Dec 25, 2014 |

Investing in Patents: A Four-Point Checklist

In some cases, a business model is based on the assumption that a patent portfolio will ensure exclusive access to customers wishing to buy a particular product or service. This assumed exclusivity can be a critical component in the forecasts a business owner makes for market share, pricing, marketing costs, revenues, margins, etc. Whether or not...
Dec 25, 2014 |

Using Someone Else's Patent to Bring A Product to Market

Often inventors and innovators will come up with a way to make a better mousetrap. Often they will find others hold patents to a critical component to make this better mousetrap innovation or invention. Therefore they need to make a deal with the company or individual holding the patent so that they can use this technology to make their invention...
Dec 25, 2014 |


Patents: Spirit, interpretation of the patent law (U.S.) with reference to court decisions. -The promotion of the progress of science and the useful arts (i.e. technology technologies) is the main object of the patent system, and reward of inventors is secondary and merely a means to that end.
Mar 31, 2016 |

Patent Pros & Cons

Trying to decide whether or not to file a patent on an idea can be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with patents and the process. Often, good ideas go unpatented because of lack of enthusiasm from friends, misconceptions about patents, or intimidation about the cost. This page should help dispel some of the mystery surrounding patents and allow...
Apr 14, 2014 |

Free Patents Online

Provides free patent searching, free PDF downloading, allows annoting documents and sharing them, and free alerts for new documents.
Aug 16, 2008 |

Remembering '85, Mexico City public leaps into quake rescue

Baruch García stood at an intersection Tuesday afternoon after a deadly earthquake, trying to direct traffic away from a road cutting through La Condesa’s lush Parque México. On the other side of... Read More

Lessons in identity from Kurds and Catalans

One of the defining challenges in the 21st century has been how to balance demands for independence by certain peoples with the sanctity of national borders. Just in the coming days alone, two... Read More

Kremlin frets as Russia's once restive Islamist region takes up political Islam

Russia fought two bloody wars in its Caucasus republic of Chechnya, ostensibly to crush an emerging threat of Islamist extremism on its own soil. Mr. Kadyrov is imposing sharia (Islamic law) on... Read More