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Will Patent Sharing Organizations Boost Blockchain Innovation?

Companies across many different industries are starting to look toward blockchain technology as a way to conduct business more effectively, efficiently, and securely. As a result, there are new blockchain technology startups and strategic partnerships being established at break-neck speed. And, like any burgeoning industry, there seem to be new innovations introduced almost every day.… Continue Reading

3 Patents Prepared and Prosecuted by Greenberg Traurig Receive 2017 BPLA Invented Here! Honor

Each year, the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) Invented Here! award celebrates local and regional New England innovation communities by honoring select innovators, their inventions, and the stories behind them. Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Intellectual Property (IP) Group is proud to have four of its clients – GRIT, LuxCath LLC, The George Washington University, and IlluminOss Medical, … Continue Reading

How Startups Can Avoid Costly IP Mistakes

Most startup entrepreneurs spend a significant amount of time creating business plans, product development plans, marketing plans, etc. However, startups often neglect one of the most important aspects of planning — developing a plan for the company’s intellectual property (IP) to minimize risks to the company’s intangible assets. This oversight can be a critical mistake … Continue Reading

Patent Eligibility After ‘Alice’

Nearly every patent practitioner has been impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014). Alice applied the two-part eligibility test set forth in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Labs, 132 S.Ct. 1289 (2014), i.e., is the claim directed to ineligible subject matter and, if so, … Continue Reading

USPTO Issues Subject Matter Eligibility Update with Examples for Life Sciences

Following the recent Supreme Court decisions in Alice Corp., Myriad, and Mayo which invalidated an array of claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent subject matter eligibility has become a closely watched and debated issue. In its most recent attempt to decipher these decisions and apply them in patent examination, on May 4, 2016, the … Continue Reading

Drafting Software Patents After Recent Federal Circuit Decisions

The Federal Circuit recently issued two opinions directly impacting software patent practitioners. Grounded in 35 U.S.C. §112(f) (or pre–American Invents Act §112, para. 6), the cases deal with claims containing “functional language,” and hold that there must be detailed support in the patent’s specification that describes the “means” by which a claimed function is carried … Continue Reading

Managing Your Patent Portfolio to Attract Investments

Excerpted from the author’s article published in VC List. To read the complete article, please click here. Patents can provide broad protection for invention and innovation. They can cover almost any novel aspect of a technology, including hardware, software, materials, and business methods. Many innovation developed by an emerging technology company can likely be patented, … Continue Reading

Success by Design: A New Option for Expedited Patent Protection in Foreign Countries

Design patents can play an important role in protecting a tech startup’s innovations and creating competitive advantage, whether they are the only available protection or part of a larger patent strategy. Often overlooked and sometimes undervalued, design patents are typically easier and less costly to obtain than utility patents. While generally having a more limited … Continue Reading

M&A, Investment or Partnering Checklist for Medtech Companies

Emerging medical device companies should consider these points when weighing a potential merger, strategic partnership or investment: 1. Identify unmet medical needs Medical device titans are actively looking to acquire new technologies to treat unmet medical needs and drive market adoption. Larger medtech companies often view early-stage companies as outsourced R&D labs, and will pay a … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s IP Group Congratulates Its Client, Nanocomp Technologies, on BPLA Invented Here! Honor

Greenberg Traurig’s Boston Intellectual Property (IP) Group congratulates its client, Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., for receiving the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) Invented Here! award for two groundbreaking nanotechnology inventions. The New Hampshire-based developer of carbon nanotube materials for military/defense and commercial applications was one of only three featured honorees at the Invented Here! award reception … Continue Reading

Provisional Patents as a Strategy for Tech Start-Ups

Consider Provisional Patent Filings Filing a provisional patent application in the U.S. is often a useful strategy for start-up tech companies. A provisional patent application allows a company to preserve an earlier filing date at a minimal expense and delays a much more significant expenditure associated with a non-provisional application by one year. By the … Continue Reading

Understanding What to Keep Secret

Two of the most important requirements of patentability are that the invention must be novel and non-obvious at the filing date of the patent application. In the United States, the prior sale, prior use or public disclosure of the invention by the inventor or others may affect your ability to obtain a valid patent.  Inventors … Continue Reading

Game Developers: What’s Your SWOT?

Multiple criteria have been used over the years by companies and investors to identify the commercial viability of a technology within a given industry. Included among these criteria are timeliness, market demand, and competitive advantage. These and other criteria may be applicable to more established industries; however, it may be more difficult to apply them … Continue Reading
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