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The Alice Decision and Its Fallout in the U.S.

September 25, 2018

In most of the world, software can’t be patented unless it’s an element within a hardware device or system. The U.S. was a rare exception to this rule until June 2014, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank (Alice) sent software patents straight down the rabbit hole. It’s been more than four years since Alice and the dust still hasn’t settled. In the interim, the confusion has spread to other types of patents. Read more about: The Alice Decision and Its Fallout in the U.S.  »

How to Reduce Patent Translation Costs During Patent Filing

September 20, 2018

Patent protection is limited by national or regional borders. This means you must file for a new patent or validate your patent in each individual country or region where you wish to protect your invention. Most national patent offices require your application to be submitted in the official national language, or if it’s a regional office like the EPO, then you will have a choice of local languages (e.g. English, French or German). Read more about: How to Reduce Patent Translation Costs During Patent Filing  »

What is Patent Litigation?

September 17, 2018

In simple terms, patent litigation is the legal process that unfolds when someone who owns the patent for a particular invention enforces their right by suing another for manufacturing or selling the invention without permission. More often than not, this claim is countered by the accused party who will argue that that particular patent should be deemed invalid.

First-to-File

The first-to-file system is now universal and used in all countries, Read more about: What is Patent Litigation?  »

Differences in Patent Eligibility Around the World

September 6, 2018

Two things must always be true when you’re applying for a patent, wherever you are in the world — (1) Your invention must be novel and (2) it must be useful. However, different nations have different definitions of these two requirements based on their cultures, legal systems and business environments. This is especially true for innovations related to software, medical methods and business methods. 

To patent or not to patent

Though the three fields are quite different, Read more about: Differences in Patent Eligibility Around the World  »

Protecting Your App’s “GUI” at the 5 Most Frequently Filed Patent Offices

August 21, 2018

Software is everywhere: You’re probably looking at it right now. The onscreen controls you use to operate a software app — known collectively as the “graphic user interface” or GUI — are a critical part of its look and feel, and thus can be an important differentiator in the marketplace. Companies like Samsung, Microsoft and Apple invest considerable resources into the design and function of their GUIs in order to enhance their customers’ user experience/user interface (UX/UI). Read more about: Protecting Your App’s “GUI” at the 5 Most Frequently Filed Patent Offices  »