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Alleged Patent Troll Targeted by Vermont Attorney General

September 25, 2013
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Previously, we posted about Governor Peter Shumlin signing into law Vermont’s first-in-the-nation (and so far only-in-the-nation) patent troll legislation helping Vermont businesses protect themselves from bad faith patent infringement claims. 9 V.S.A. §§4195-4199 (effective July 1, 2013). In the meantime, the Vermont Attorney General is pursuing patent troll claims against MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC under [...]

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Reducing Cost Creep

August 15, 2012
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You’ve prepared well, made yourself available, and as a result, your application appears to be going well.  But, the other day, while you were pushing little Johnny around on his trike and wishing your lawn would just mow itself, you had an idea—an improvement on your original concept—your toilet breathing apparatus should have a face [...]

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Did You Get The Message? Reducing Patent Costs by Maintaining Contact

June 4, 2012
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(This post is a continuation of a series of posts on reducing patent costs, the two previous posts in the series can be found here and here.) O.K. – you had the meeting with your patent attorney—it seemed to go well.  No promises from the patent attorney (go figure), but he appreciated all of your [...]

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Twitter’s PR Stunt

April 19, 2012
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The last few days have been abuzz with the revelation of Twitter’s soon to be implemented “Innovator’s Patent Agreement” (IPA).  Supposedly, the IPA places Twitter in a primarily defensive posture with respect to patent litigation because the IPA requires each inventor’s approval before an offensive use of the patent.  However, for all the hype about [...]

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Call Before You Dig – Reducing the Cost of Patenting By Preparing Beforehand

March 25, 2012
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So you’ve got an idea and, although you briefly thought about buying the “Do-it-Yourself” patent kit you saw offered on TV after the late show with David Letterman, you’ve decided to call a patent attorney/agent for help with the patent application.  What should you do before you make the call? Generate a thorough written description [...]

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Got Invention? Save Time and Money When Seeking a Patent

March 5, 2012
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Any patent agent or patent attorney who has been working for any length of time has undoubtedly had a call from a small company, startup, or individual inquiring about obtaining a patent.  And most, if not all, of us have had to have…the talk. First, we explain the process for filing the application and what [...]

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Regulations: Inhibiting Progress or Spawning Innovation?

February 8, 2012
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently attempted to promulgate new rules that are designed to protect downwind states from smog and fine particulates emanating from upwind coal burning power plants (it has been temporarily stymied by the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit).  The arguments for and against the new rules focus largely [...]

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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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