Tom Kohler

The New Age of Patent Enforcement in the United States: The Brave New World Post-AIA is NOT First to File – It IS Post Grant Proceedings

April 10, 2013
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Sure, First-to-File is new here, but the rest of the world has been dealing with it forever and the sky has not fallen on technological innovation elsewhere.  And it won’t fall on it here either under a First-to-File system. But consider patent enforcement for a moment if you will.  As a patent owner who wants [...]

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On Your Marks, Get Set…. AIA First-To-File Officially Takes Off On March 16, But The Race To File Patent Applications Has Already Begun

January 16, 2013
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The America Invents Act or “AIA” was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011.  After an eighteen month waiting period, on March 16, 2013, two months from today, the US patent system officially changes to a first to file system.  That means applications filed on or after that date will have their [...]

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Supporting Claim Amendments Around The World – Seriously

January 2, 2013
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This post takes us down a road we don’t frequently travel here at the IP Stone.  So, to those who don’t consider themselves patent geeks (excluding closet patent geeks who refuse to acknowledge their true nature), my apologies in advance.  But one of those overly-minutiae-oriented patent strategies that patent attorneys love to argue about seems [...]

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Why Are There Eight Million Patents? (Or how to increase the value of your company by 92%.)

January 31, 2012
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On August 16th last year, United States Patent No. 8,000,000 was issued by the USPTO.  And with over 400,000 new applications filed every year from 2006 through 2010, it is likely that patent number 9,000,000 will come even faster than the five years between Nos. 7,000,000 and 8,000,000.               [...]

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Job Creation: Campaign slogan and patent infringement defense?

January 26, 2012
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In an opinion by the New Jersey District Court in December, the Court found that a requested preliminary injunction against infringement of US Patent No. 6,293,731 could shut down a port dredging project and jeopardize the creation of 2,000 projected jobs and $ 12 million in tax revenue .  “Therefore, the public interest weighs in [...]

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ABOUT THE IP STONE BLOG

January 6, 2012
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Welcome! You have found, or more likely stumbled upon, what we hope is a practical and informative blog about intellectual property and related issues.  While we, the writers of this blog (or at least some of us), enjoy engaging in legal banter and esoteric aspects of patent, trademark, and trade secret law, at times we’ve [...]

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