Wealth of Ideas Newsletter

Election 2008: Which Candidate is Best for “Joe the Inventor”?

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, November 2008

(11/3/08) With only one day left until the 2008 US Presidential election, the candidates are largely focusing on the “big issues” on the minds of most Americans—namely, the economy, taxes and healthcare. But where do John McCain and Barack Obama stand on vital intellectual property (IP) issues that affect individual inventors, small companies and copyright holders?

Patent reform

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First-to-File vs. First-to-Invent: Who Really Benefits from Changing the U.S. Patent System?

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, October 2007

The United States patent system is based on a unique "First-to-Invent" doctrine, which means that the inventor who first conceived of the invention and then diligently reduced it to practice by filing a patent application (or actual reduction to practice) is considered the first inventor and is entitled to patent protection.

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Supreme Court Chooses the Middle Ground in the eBay Case

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, May 2006

A landmark decision of the Supreme Court in the eBay case has left many inventors and patent owners disappointed, as the Supreme Court sided with eBay and set aside the Appellate Court's prior decision. A closer reading of the decision, however, seems to indicate a balanced approach that gave both sides something to brag about.

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Different Types of Patent Infringement

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, April 2006

Your patent is infringed - but by whom? Patent litigation can only be successful if you know whom to sue. There are different types of infringement, and the direct infringer isn't always the one to sue.

Direct infringement is, of course, making, using, offering to sell, selling or importing into the US an infringing product during the life of the patent without a license from the patent holder.

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The Patent Reform Act of 2005: Continuation Applications and "Submarine Patents"

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, February 2006

In last October’s feature article, we briefly described some of the proposed changes to the patent system contained in H.R. 2795, or "the Patent Reform Act of 2005". One such proposed change would allow the Director of the USPTO to place limits on the scope of continuation applications in order to deal with the problem of "submarine patents." This month we'll discuss continuation applications and submarine patents.

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