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Selecting, Clearing, and Protecting Your IP–a Top Priority for Startups, StartupSac

As a startup looking for financing and seed money, you not only need a game plan for protecting your intellectual property assets, but you also need to consider how you intend to market and sell your products/services. At this Greenberg Traurig and StartupSac-hosted event, we will discuss the various ways in which you can select, … Continue Reading

The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine is On: Key Factors May Impact Patent Protection

The search for a vaccine for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus has put the spotlight once again on the innovative pharmaceuticals sector.  As pharmaceutical companies and innovators across the globe work diligently on a vaccine, many of these companies may be looking to protect their innovation. While patents have many benefits, in the face of … Continue Reading

USPTO Announces Extensions Under CARES Act

On April 28, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new extension of certain submissions and fees under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This announcement supersedes the previously announced extensions of March 31, 2020, and the notice of March 16, 2020. Read the full GT Alert … Continue Reading

Could Star Trek’s DATA Be a Patent Inventor?

Most of us know that DATA, the beloved android from Star Trek, The Next Generation, is an artificial intelligence (AI) life form from the distant future with a high capacity to problem solve and innovate. But, if DATA were present today and invented a new technology, could he be an inventor on a patent for … Continue Reading

Hong Kong Original Grant Patent (OGP) System to Launch Dec. 19

On Dec. 19, 2019, the Original Grant Patent (OGP) system will launch in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). This new system will provide patent applicants an alternate path for seeking patent protection in Hong Kong SAR. The OGP system is a parallel process. The previously available routes for filing a patent application are still … Continue Reading

Singapore’s Revised Patent System Starts Jan. 1, 2020

The patent system in Singapore makes a revolutionary change starting Jan. 1, 2020. Patent applications filed in Singapore on or before Dec. 31, 2019, can still enjoy the current supplementary examination process (also known as the “foreign route”), if the applicant chooses. For these applications, there will be no substantive local examination, even if the … Continue Reading

New USPTO Guidance May Clear Path for More Technology Patents

On January 4, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released new Patent Examiner Guidance (Guidance) for subject matter eligibility. The updated guidance could benefit any technology patent applicant who has a computer-related invention — from smartphones to artificial intelligence — and who has previously had difficulty acquiring patents under the USPTOʼs procedures … Continue Reading

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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