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SCOTUS broadens chances of patent owner damage recovery

A traditional view within patent law is that a patent granted for an invention or idea extends infringement protection only within the bounds of the country that issued the license. So, if you obtain a patent from the U.S. government, the law limits recovery for infringement damages to market losses within the U.S.

10 millionth US patent reflects advance of technology

"You've come a long way, baby." That was the slogan Phillip Morris used to market Virginia Slims, the first cigarette brand marketed specifically to women. Like any legitimate intellectual property, that phrase is trademarked. But another event this week in Washington would seem to deserve some recognition with the phrase. On June 19, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the country's 10 millionth patent.

Velcro music video rips the world in defense of its trademark

Patent law has a reputation as being a rather muted area of practice. Those dedicated to it know that isn't true. It does have its quiet moments and the amount of detail to attention and paperwork it requires can be off-putting to some. But managing patents, trademarks and copyright processes is how new ideas begin to create value and that fosters innovation. There's nothing dull about that.

Is SCOTUS action a final curtain for alleged patent troll?

Inter partes review is safe and sound. We reported on this development in our last post. In two recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court declared IPR constitutional on one hand. On the other hand, it took the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to task being too arbitrary in the way it sometimes chose to exercise the IPR power it wields.

Some rejoice, some protest SCOTUS rulings on patent reviews

It's sometimes hard to know who is the winner and who is the loser in a legal dispute. When the ball in play happens to be patent law, it can make filling in the win-loss columns even harder. That may be the case with two recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.

IP protection: Safely navigating the long and winding road

"You have to spend money to make money." That's a phrase any budding entrepreneur has likely heard at some point. According to various sources, the line is credited to a Roman poet, philosopher and playwright and dates to several hundred hears before the start of the common era.

What is freebooting and why should I care?

Facebook is in the crosshairs over subscribers' personal data privacy. The issue is that the company, Cambridge Analytica, mined data of millions of Facebook users and allegedly used it to target political ads more than two years ago. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledges Facebook mishandled the matter saying, "We made mistakes and I own them."

Could USPTO leniency be the open door for patent trolls?

Just about anything seems to hold some potential for becoming weaponized these days. Cyber bullying uses social media to inflict shame and pain on others. Flaming arrows over Twitter have seen a resurgence of life lately, especially in politics. In the intellectual property world, many agree that the threat comes from patent trolls.

How long does patent protection last?

Everything these days seems to come with an expiration date, and patents are no exception. If you have a new invention or new way of producing a product, you have good reason to protect it against theft. You certainly want to secure it if you want to monetize your idea or invention. Alternatively, you might want to obtain a patent to be sure no one else exploits your idea or invention to your detriment.

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