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2014: Patent Law Rulings and Regulations

The Supreme Court has been actively pursuing invalid patents as well as taking aim at paten trolls. Here are the rulings and regs from 2014.

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Summary of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

The following summary of the America Invents Act is provided by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), an agency that works exclusively for the Uni...

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The European Patent Office (EPO)

The European Patent Office (EPO), is a trilingual patent office in Munich, Germany, created as a result of a treaty known as the European Patent Con...

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The Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

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Foreign Patents and Patent Treaties

Patent Treaties The owner of a U.S. patent can stop anyone from making, using, selling, or offering for sale the invention in the United States. In...

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Royalties and Deductions: The Give and Take

Inventors ordinarily profit from their inventions by licensing them to manufacturers or distributors to commercially use or develop for a period of ti...

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Tax Deduction Can Save Money for Inventors

Most inventors, even those who are sophisticatedbusinesspeople, don’t fully appreciate just how much money they can save with tax deductions.

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Inventing as a Hobby or Business for Tax Purposes

Hobbies are great! They’re relaxing, entertaining and can lower your blood pressure.

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Inventors Who Incur Losses

If you’re one of the many inventors who -- as of yet -- earns no money at all from inventing, you’ll have no taxes to pay on your inventing busine...

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Income Tax Basics for Inventors

If you’re one of the fortunate independent inventors who earns a profit from inventing, you’ll discover that all levels of government -- federal, ...

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Inventors as Sole Proprietors

Most inventors are sole proprietors. However, this doesn't mean that a sole proprietorship is always the best legal form for every inventor.

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Inventors In a Partnership

If you work together with one or more co-inventors who share ownership of the business, you can't be a sole proprietor.

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Obtaining Insurance for Your Inventing Business

When you're running an inventing business you need business insurance.

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Legal Restrictions on Inventing at Home

If you plan to do your inventing at home, you may have potential problems with your local zoning laws or with land use restrictions in your lease or c...

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Types of Patents

Have you invented or designed something new? You may be able to protect your rights with a patent.

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Plant Patents

Can a plant be invented? Yes, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which issues two types of patents for plants: plant patents and utilit...

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Patent Terms and Definitions

abstract a concise, one-paragraph summary of the patent. It details the structure, nature, and purpose of the invention.

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Sample Patent Assignments

Below are three sample patent assignment agreements. They are intended to be used as follows:

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Pre-Invention Assignment Agreements

Today, it’s a nearly universal practice for employers to require employees involved in research and development (R&D) or other technical work to...

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Preventing Joint Patent Ownership

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to avoid the whole problem of claims of joint ownership by contractors, assistants and others who perform tasks fo...

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Assigning and Recording Patent Ownership to Your Business

How do you make sure that your business owns your patent? If You Are a Sole Proprietor …

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Voluntary and Involuntary Joint Invention and Ownership

Voluntary Joint Inventorship and Ownership Voluntary joint ownership comes about whenever two or more people deliberately jointly invent something.

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Are You a Solo or a Joint Inventor?

You’re a Solo Inventor If … You’re a solo inventor if you conceive your invention completely by yourself and are not anyone’s employee or p...

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Are You an Inventor?

Inventorship and ownership of an invention are not the same thing. The inventor is the original owner of an invention.

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Novelty, Nonobviousness, and Prior Art

One of the basic principles of patent law is that you cannot obtain a utility patent unless the invention is new (novel) and not obvious to those wh...

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Should You Apply for a Software or Internet Patent?

Some types of software or internet business methods may qualify for a patent. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should apply for ...

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