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Cutting Patent Prosecution Costs: Are There any Good Options?

Cutting Patent Prosecution Costs: Are There any Good Options?

There’s no secret that the ability to protect valuable intellectual property can lead to much wealth. The costs of obtaining a patent securing that technology, however, are not always the topic of conversation once a research breakthrough has occurred. A good hard...

New Legislation: A Golden Age for Trade Secret Trolls?

New Legislation: A Golden Age for Trade Secret Trolls?

Companies in recent decades have been beleaguered by cyber espionage and theft of proprietary materials and trade secrets. Most states have statutes creating a cause of action for companies to seek redress for these wrongs but currently no parallel cause of action...

The Value of Content in Your Patent Research Tool

The Value of Content in Your Patent Research Tool

A century ago, the population of the United States was 100 million. By 2006, there were 100 million websites on the Internet. And astronomers believe that there are about 100 million planets in our galaxy that could support life. Any way you look at it, 100 million is...

3 Keys to Sound Claims Construction

3 Keys to Sound Claims Construction

The importance of sound, patentable claims in a patent application has always been important, but its importance has only increased since the implementation of first-to-file standard in March 2013 in the wake of the America Invents Act. Here are three tips for giving...

3 Things Patent Searchers Should Know About CPC

3 Things Patent Searchers Should Know About CPC

United States Patent Classification System has finally exited the realm of active classification schemes, following its European colleague ECLA into retirement. Its last day on the job at the USPTO was December 31, 2014. In its place, both the European Patent Office...

USPTO Data Analysis for Micro Entity Status Patent Applicants

USPTO Data Analysis for Micro Entity Status Patent Applicants

The breakneck pace of innovation and the increased importance of intellectual property for companies doing business in the U.S. has not necessarily been good news for small manufacturers and independent inventors who have sometimes felt as though their access to the...

Why Patent Intelligence Tools Beat the USPTO Dashboard [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Patent Intelligence Tools Beat the USPTO Dashboard [INFOGRAPHIC]

Even under the best of circumstances, planning a patent prosecution strategy that may help you secure a notice of allowance as quickly as possible is a challenging task. Every month, the USPTO uses the graphical dashboards at its Data Visualization Center website to...