Publications & Presentations

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 Do If Your Claims Have Been Rejected Again -- How To Appeal And Win In The Uspto And The Epo

Register for AIPLA’s Seminar: The seminar will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 9:30am PDT. WEBINAR TOPIC This webinar is about different ways of appealing claim rejections issued by the Patent Office. Prosecuting a patent application can…
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Better Leveraging Companies' Intellectual Property for Maximum Business Growth

Register for Bay Area CHIZAI’s 33rd Free (Online) Seminar, which will will take place on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 4pm PDT. WEBINAR TOPIC Inventive ideas and technologies provide key values for today’s companies. Adequate and timely protectio…
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Spinning the Idea that “Spinning” is Genericized

What do terms like “TV dinner,” “teleprompter,” and “trampoline” have in common? Sure, they all begin with the letter “t” but, in particular, what do these words identify? These terms identify goods that are not from any specific sour…
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Trade Secrets Can Do Major Damage

Theft of trade secrets can result in enormous damage awards even where the harm to the trade secret holder caused by the theft is primarily a competitive economic harm and only minimally a direct economic harm. Last month, Epic Systems Corporation (&…
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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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