Software patents have been a point of contention for almost two decades, and current changes in the patent environment have created new challenges for businesses with existing patents. The issues stem partly from the fact that some believe patents shouldn't be issued for certain types of software, and new support for that view could be invalidating thousands of existing patents.
Many people believe that filing for an invention on a patent provides blanket coverage against idea theft, but that isn't always the case. A patent does provide a lot of protection, but competitors often find ways to work around your claim by making slight changes, solving slightly different problems or claiming they made the invention before you. Here are three tips to strengthening your patent.
Patent law, like most other areas of law, has been shifting over the years. One of the more recent changes made the United States a "first to file" country. The grace period is nearly non-existent, and inventors and business owners need to file first to make sure their designs are secure.
When someone creates an invention, a patent can be issued that grants certain rights to the inventor. A patent must be applied for and that is done by completing an application and sending it to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Athletic shoes are big business in the country. Manufacturers go to great lengths to create shoes with unique features to improve the performance and comfort of their shoes as well as to create designs that help their products stand out.
If you look up the phrase "patent infringement" on Google News, you will see pages upon pages of news stories that discuss two companies pitted against one another in a lawsuit. FOr this post, we're looking at a messy patent infringement case between two technology companies -- NVIDIA and Samsung. It began with NVIDIA suing Samsung for infringing on their graphics card technology back in Sept. 2014.
We've talked about patents quite a bit on this blog in the past few months, and for good reason. These vital legal protections allow businesses to operate without fearing that their novel inventions are being copied by other businesses. However, patents aren't a one-size-fits-all application. There are actually three different types of patents, and today we're going to talk about these classes of patents.
Let's say that you invent an incredible product. Obviously, this doesn't just happen overnight. You need to invest in your product; you need to fine-tune your product; you need to develop and create the product. Once it is finally finished (this could take months, if not years), you are ready to patent it so that your hard work is legally protected.
Imagine you start your own company, and it is centered around a product that, though not necessarily revolutionary, is unique and efficient. The product is very helpful to customers, and competitors who have similar (though not exactly the same) products are envious of your invention.