LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

February 6, 2020

Recently, one of my colleagues received a notice from the USPTO stating that a granted patent was subject to a PTA of 2038 days. 

What is a PTA?  A patent term adjustment (PTA) accounts for delays in the patent office's action examination and delays by the applicant in...

December 6, 2018

Intellectual property (IP) is recognized as a priority for most business start-ups. However, attention is diverted most commonly to setting up an organization, funding, and providing services and materials to customers and clients.  This means that companies fail to pr...

November 2, 2018

I was in Stuttgart, Germany visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and they had a copy of the first issued patent for a "gas-powered vehicle".  Carl Benz filed the application on January 29, 1886 and it was granted on November 2, 1886.

October 2, 2018

Today is the first day that registered patent filers can start the migration process from using PKI certificates (and Java) to using the new web portal - my.uspto.gov.

Step 1:  Log into your my.uspto.gov account.

Go to the account, and make sure that you enable always us...

September 5, 2018

Who hasn't experienced the agony of using a highlighter and watching the text smear.

Zebra Co Ltd of Japan reportedly solved this problem by released a highlighter that won't smear you ballpoint ink (see link).  How did they do it?  By adding added positive ions to the...

July 6, 2018

I saw the first movie, and it was entertaining.  So I gave the sequel a try.  Unfortunately for me, I should have checked first with Rotten Tomatoes.  This was a bad movie (see link). 

As it turns out, a key element of this movie is intellectual property and m...

July 1, 2018

In 1962, Nick Holonyak, Jr. invented the first visible light LED (see US Patent No. 4,270,094).  Fast forward to today and incandescent lights are being replaced with LEDs because LEDs are energy efficient (and as a bonus they save money over their liftetime).

However,...