3 Reasons to Build your Patent Portfolio

By Kirk M. Hartung

A strong patent portfolio provides many benefits to the owner. Patents are an asset that have value, and that value can come in different forms. 1. Patents force competitors to design around the patented invention. As your company spends resources, including time and money, in research and development (R & D), the resulting inventions are […]

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40 Years on, Bayh-Dole is Stronger than Ever

The Bayh-Dole Act was passed in 1980 and is arguably one of the most successful pieces of bipartisan legislation ever passed. The first line of the Act says, “It is the policy and objective of the Congress to use the patent system to promote the utilization of inventions arising from federally supported research or development….” […]

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Buying the Cow: Why Branding is Commonly Concealed in TV Shows and Movies

By Nicholas J. Krob

 Have you ever been watching a TV show and noticed that certain logos on various products were covered with tape or otherwise concealed? Do you know why that is? If you don’t, you’re not alone.  In a controversial video posted last month by guitar giant Gibson, the company issued a warning stating that it was […]

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2018 Farm Bill: Proposed Regulations for Comment

By Heidi Sease Nebel

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published proposed regulations for comment to enact the 2018 Farm Bill, Public Law No: 115-334, Sec. 10108. As one may recall, the bill amended the United States Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act to add asexually propagated plants as a potential PVP certificate option. As a USDA PVP […]

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USPTO To Require U.S. Licensed Attorney for Trademarks

By Luke T. Mohrhauser

On July 2, 2019, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released a rule related to foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings. The rule, which takes effect on August 3, 2019, states that all foreign-domiciled parties must be represented at the USPTO by an attorney who […]

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