At Tsircou Intellectual Property Law, we lead clients through the process of securing patent rights in the United States and throughout the world.
We work with clients who have a broad array of goals for their patents. Patents are a powerful business tool. With a strong patent one can fend off competitors from critical technologies or products, build business value and monetize investments in research and through a royalty program. With a vast understanding of our clients’ ever changing needs, we construct a patenting strategy to align with their business objectives.
Within the firm, we build and execute a process for identifying innovations, securing patent rights for those innovations and developing a patent portfolio that best protects our clients.
Representative services relating to patents procurement include:
- U.S. and foreign patent application preparation and prosecution
- Representation before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Patent portfolio development and maintenance
The USPTO issued a memorandum on April 19, 2018 further clarifying the continually evolving USPTO subject matter eligibility guidance, addressing an update to the procedure in evaluating step 2B of the eligibility guidance, i.e. step 2 of the Alice/Mayo test....
With patent infringement suits frequently being filed in venues which would normally not be proper, but for long-arm statutes exercising personal jurisdiction, this recent ruling stands to have a significant impact.
While design patents are an important piece of intellectual property protection, the contours of damages that can be sought based on infringement of a design patent can be confusing and easily misunderstood. Below is an outline of what damages can be sought for infringement of a design patent.
The district court had previously held that the subject matter of the patent were directed at ineligible subject matter, however, in their reversal in McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America, the Federal Circuit fleshed out how eligibility standards set forth in Alice apply to software-related patents.
Initially billed as something that would help streamline and expedite the patent examination process, Accelerated Examination is slowly losing favor with the public as the patent environment continues to evolve. The USPTO has signaled it will soon take public comments as to whether the Accelerated Examination process should continue to exist altogether.