Succeeding in today’s global economy requires more than business and legal acumen. It also requires the ability to communicate across cultures – to understand the values, practices and beliefs that underscore countries’ business and legal systems. Nowhere is this understanding more important than in the area of international intellectual property protection, where success depends upon acquiring and commercializing rights in countries that may seem very different from our own.
The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously defeated an attempt to limit the on-sale bar in cases where an invention was sold under a confidentiality agreement. The secrecy about the details might keep the sale from public knowledge, but it can still block a patent under the America Invents Act (AIA).
Jim Patterson and Brad Pedersen were named to the 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers® listing for intellectual property. Sarah Stensland was recognized on the Rising Stars® listing for intellectual property litigation.
Circumstantial evidence seals induced patent infringement liability It may seem apparent to patentees when someone is inducing third parties to infringe their patents, but it’s not always easy to prove in a court of law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent-related appeals, recently provided a welcome reminder that sometimes circumstantial evidence can go a long way. The court also weighed in on the proper calculation of lump-sum reasonable royalty damages.
If a graphical user interface is important to your business’ overall brand, you should take another look at design patents. According to recent statistics from the World Intellectual Property Organization the graphical user interface (GUI) and user experience (UX) space are among the fastest growing areas of design applications filed at the USPTO. Why are design patents so popular for protecting GUI elements of products?
When most people think about design patents, they think of consumer products, such as furniture, footwear, toys, car designs, and packaging. However, today, industries such as medical technology, electronics and software are utilizing design patents to add additional layers of IP protection to their products. In fact, designs in the graphical user interface and user experience space are the fastest growing area of design applications filed at the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the June/July issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.
Some patents specify ranges to account for variability — for example, a range of temperatures in which a process occurs. These types of patents can run into obviousness issues that can invalidate them if the range overlaps with ranges detailed in so-called “prior art.” Patentees in such cases aren’t totally out of luck, though, as they have the opportunity to rebut the presumption of obviousness.
It’s easy to get excited when you come up with a new invention. But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won’t consider an invention novel enough to qualify for a patent if a publicly available printed publication “anticipated” it. With a recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which hears all appeals concerning patents), provided some guidance on how it determines whether a publication was publicly available on the relevant date.
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