Every Step You Take (I’ll Be Watching You): Virtual Assistant Patents Raise Privacy Concerns

By Sarah M.D. Luth

An Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) is an artificial intelligence system that emulates a human person in terms of intelligence, understanding, response, and adaptability. An IVA differs from traditional interactive voice response systems largely in its use of machine learning, which allows an IVA to predict user actions. The global IVA market is predicted to reach […]

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USPTO Issues Final Rule Amending Rules of Practice For Biological Sequence Listings

By Melissa M. Mitchell

On May 20th, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a Final Rule amending the rules of practice associated with disclosures of nucleotide and amino acid sequences in patent applications. The new standards, applicable to all patent applications filed on or after July 1, 2022, will bring the USPTO rules of practice into conformity […]

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Manipulating the Time it Takes to Get a Patent, Legally!

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

A common question I am commonly asked is: How long will it take for me to get a patent? The answer is it depends. There are a few factors. Some art units are faster to examine patent applications than others. Some Examiners issue more communications, known as Office actions, than others. If an Examiner mails […]

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Peace of Mind for Trademark Rebranding


Whether you are a start-up or a Fortune 500 company, rebranding a business or product can seem like an overwhelming and daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. While there is always going to be risk involved when undertaking a rebranding or choosing a name, there are some small steps that you can take […]

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink and the Brain-Machine Interface Patent Landscape

Neuralink is a brain-machine interface (BMI) company purchased in 2016 by Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, Space X and Hyperloop. The company is developing an “ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interface”, essentially a network of tiny electrodes linked to a user’s brain that allows the user to communicate wirelessly with the world. The company envisions that […]

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