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What’s a poor man’s patent?

Somewhat like the “poor man’s copyright,” the “poor man’s patent” is an urban myth that’s been around for just about forever.  It’s a pretty simple idea: You invent something. To prove that you are the inventor and protect your intellectual property, you then create a...

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What’s the patent venue statute?

The patent venue statute plays a significant role in determining where patent infringement lawsuits can be brought. Because this legal provision has far-reaching implications for both patent holders who are trying to protect their intellectual property (IP) rights and...

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Does “patent pending” mean anything?

Obtaining a patent is not a quick (or easy) process. In the United States, it takes an average of 22 months for a patent to be granted or denied, and that’s a very long time to wait to bring something to market. That’s why you frequently see new products being offered...

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What’s a patent troll?

A “patent troll” is an unpleasant term used to describe a company that acquires and enforces patents, primarily for the purpose of extracting licensing fees or suing other companies for alleged infringement. In more polite terms, they’re often called “patent assertion...

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Can you patent an idea?

Many creatives wonder if they can patent an idea, which has created debates. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a grant of a property right to an inventor. Thus, it protects an innovation. But what about an idea? Here is what you...

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