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How do the USPTO and the EPO Approaches Differ - A Comparison

Coauthor with Eric Dokter, Article published in “MITTEILUNGEN DER DEUTSCHEN PATENTANWÄLTEl“, July/August 2022, Köllner & Partner mbB, Patentanwälte, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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Get Ready for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court in Europe!

This article is a follow-up to our article introducing the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) in Europe. In this article, we provide further clarity into the process and insight into how to make the relevant decisions in the proce…
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Major Changes Are Coming to the European Patent Process, and You Need to Review Your Patent Strategy Now!

If your global patent portfolio has European coverage, let us direct your attention to upcoming major changes to the patent process in Europe and necessary actions you need to take in connection with these changes. Current European Patent Process The…
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The Funny Things about Computer Algorithms, #1

As someone who has lived and breathed computer algorithms all her life, I am blessed to have had an abundance of opportunities to help procure protection for computer algorithms, namely methods that can be implemented by computer software or hardware…
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A Great Patent Starts With A Great Invention Disclosure Meeting

In our last article, we discussed how to prepare for your initial meeting with a patent attorney. Now that you have had an initial meeting with your patent attorney and have decided to engage the patent attorney, it is time to discuss your invention…
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What To Expect When You Are Expecting… To Meet With A Patent Attorney

You have a great product (or an idea for one). You think it will take the world by storm. You heard something about intellectual property protection and you are careful about not sharing your idea with just anyone. Your friend recommends talking to a…
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Did You Know that You May Apply for Global Protection of Your Design through A Single System?

Through the series of ongoing lawsuits between Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Apple Inc. that started in 2011, many have come to realize the meaning and value of design patents. Similar to utility patents, design patents have been a form of IP prot…
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Using Artificial Intelligence To Route Patent Applications Through A Patent Examination Pipeline

In October 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a report titled “Public Views on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property Policy.”1 The report signifies the USPTO’s commitment to keeping pace with the ra…
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Shoes and Music – NFT Part II

In Part I of our series on Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), we discussed the fundamental of NFTs – what an NFT is, how NFTs are managed, and how NFTs are treated with respect to intellectual property rights. But what lies beyond? How are businesses harn…
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Improved Predictive Accuracy Will Not Buy Patent Eligibility For Machine Learning

Within several weeks, the Federal Circuit has held that two Stanford haplotype estimation patent applications lack patent eligibility because their claims are directed to abstract mathematical calculations. The applications covered improved technique…
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