Recent I.P News

  • Regulation Crowdfunding Arrives May 16, 2016February 19th, 2016

    Regulation Crowdfunding, an investment regime enacted as part of the 2013 JOBS Act, received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission and is scheduled to be available May 16, 2016.  Start-up ventures can use Regulation Crowdfunding as an alternative to … Continue reading

  • U.S. to Join Hague Agreement on Industrial DesignsFebruary 26th, 2015

    The Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. filed for ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.  When membership is finalized on May 13, 2015, design patent applicants in the U.S. … Continue reading

  • Invalidating Patent Research Offered on ContingencyJuly 18th, 2014

    When patent holders sue or threaten infringement, invalidating the patent-in-suit is as effective as proving an accused product avoids reading on the claims.  Successfully overcoming the presumption of validity avoids the time and expense of drawn out patent litigation. Absent … Continue reading

  • Lower USPTO Fees Starting January 1, 2014December 5th, 2013

    The USPTO’s revised fee schedule, which reduces certain costs in obtaining a U.S. patent, goes into effect on January 1, 2014.  The changes include a reduced utility issue fee for small and micro entities, from $890 and $445 to $480 and $240, … Continue reading

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