Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mitch Ditkoff, an innovation culture consultant who has worked with GE`s Crotonville Management Development Center, Fuqua School of Business and several Fortune 500 companies.
A patent is a legally granted right to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years, and to exclude others from doing so. Patents are granted in exchange for the detailed, public disclosure of the invention they describe.
This webinar was hosted by PatSnap’s head of product support, Jarrod Britton, and he considered different ways of identifying similar patents in your technology space.
In this webinar, we were joined by our guest speaker Peter Rouse, director at Patent Annuity Costs Ltd.
Patentability of software is a tricky subject as the variations from country to country are less than clear. A common misconception is that it’s easier to patent in the US than in Europe – this is simply not the case; a major contradiction being the landmark Alice. Following the decision in Alice, most patent applications for software have been declared invalid due to unpatentability. There have also been significant developments further afield.
Coming up with a new idea is a challenge in any walk of life; innovation, especially useful and profitable innovation, is no mean feat. While necessity is indeed the mother of invention, only considering the necessities of your own industry could get in the way of seeing the opportunities lying elsewhere. Cross industry innovation is the application of one industry’s novelties to another.
Yesterday the supreme court reversed its decision in the design patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung. The ruling means that Samsung's original patent damages bill of $399 million will be significantly reduced. This decision sets a new precedent for the calculation of damages from design patent infringement cases under "article of manufacture rules", meaning patent holders can no longer expect damages to be calculated based upon the entirety of the profits from the sale of a product infringing a design patent. Instead, they may only seek recovery from profits which are attributable to the infringing feature(s).
A Freedom to Operate (FTO) analysis invariably begins by searching patent literature for issued or pending patents, and obtaining a legal opinion as to whether a product, process or service may be considered to infringe any patent(s) owned by others.
Successful market intelligence will leverage all the data that is available in order to provide the most complete picture upon which to base decisions relating to market opportunities and company strategies. One of those sources of information is intellectual property.
Intellectual Property is usually low on the list of priorities for startups. But founders shouldn't be so fast to write off the importance of IP, as it can prove to be an essential building block for growth, investment, and even acquisition. If you take a look at many innovative and successful start ups you will most likely find that they started patenting early, and have a strong hold on their IP portfolio. Here are five of the most common misconceptions we hear from startup founders when discussing intellectual property.