Juggling your Patent Family to Keep Optimal Patent Life

You’ve filed a patent application that is to a broad, important aspect of your product, and also filed a continuing application to one version of that invention. The narrower second-filed application receives a notice of allowance. But before you pay the issue fee, it is worthwhile to consider whether this second narrower will impact the […]

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Not so ‘Black or White’: IRS Takes on Michael Jackson

How much is Michael Jackson worth?  This is one of the underlying questions currently being considered in U.S. Tax Court right now, as Michael Jackson’s estate battles with the Internal Revenue Service over the late entertainer’s estate taxes. The IRS served the Jackson estate with a notice of deficiency back in 2013 contesting the estate’s […]

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Are Patents by State Universities More Valuable?

A recent USPTO Patent and Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB‚¬) decision begs the question whether patents owned by State Universities have increased value. The case, Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., held that patents assigned to State universities cannot be challenged in popular inter parties review (IPR) proceedings, because of state sovereign immunity under the […]

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When the Unthinkable Happens: IP Considerations for Bankruptcy

In the event that the unthinkable happens and bankruptcy becomes the only course of action for businesses, having not only a good bankruptcy attorney, but also having an involved IP attorney is vital to ensure that rights in valuable intellectual property are appropriately addressed and maintained. A basic understanding of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 […]

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