Why Patents are Worthless Until They Become Invaluable

I hear many high-tech entrepreneurs say, “Patents are worthless. They stop competitors from copying you, but our competitors aren’t copying us. Our main problem is developing and selling our products, not stopping copiers. What we need to succeed is first-mover advantage and a great marketing and sales operation, not expensive, worthless patents.” What these companies Read more about Why Patents are Worthless Until They Become Invaluable[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 6

This is the sixth and final segment in our series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 6[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 5

We had such a positive response to our four-part series on How to Determine Whether Software is Patentable that we have added two more bonus parts to the series.  This is part 5, which explains another criterion that you can evaluate to help determine whether your software is patentable in the U.S. If you are Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 5[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 3

This is part 3 in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software is worth considering Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 3[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 2

This is part 2 in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, an executive at a tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S., this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software is worth considering Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 2[…]

How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles on how to determine whether your software is patentable. If you are an inventor, in management at a high tech company, or a patent lawyer outside the U.S. this will help you to at least make a first pass determination of whether your software or your Read more about How to determine whether software is patentable – Part 1[…]

Update Your Invention, Update your Patent Portfolio

Today I’m going to help you to avoid a very common patent pitfall. I encounter many high tech business owners, executives, and inventors who have the mistaken belief that if they’ve obtained a patent on the original version of a product that the patent will cover the product as a whole forever, but that is Read more about Update Your Invention, Update your Patent Portfolio[…]

Why It’s Important Not To Write Your Own Software Patent

I encounter many potential clients who assume that the work of a patent attorney is primarily to put the client’s description of their invention into “legal language,” to fill out the appropriate forms, and then to submit the results to the Patent Office. Nothing could be further from the truth, although this is a reasonable Read more about Why It’s Important Not To Write Your Own Software Patent[…]

3 Reasons Why You Need Patent Protection

Do you assume that your business has enough intellectual property protection because you have copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets?  Did you know that by not obtaining patents you may be leaving a critical gap in your company’s intellectual property? Even with copyright, trademark, and trade secret protection, your company may still be vulnerable to lawsuits, Read more about 3 Reasons Why You Need Patent Protection[…]

How To Avoid The Key Patent Pitfalls

Even sophisticated high-tech companies often get tripped up by common pitfalls in the patent process, and lose critical legal protection for their innovative technology as a result.  The patent process is complex and frequently changes—especially in the world of software patents. In my own law firm, we often find ourselves navigating through a minefield of Read more about How To Avoid The Key Patent Pitfalls[…]