Members of Congress are currently considering more than 10 patent reform bills, most of which are designed to address the so-called "patent troll" problem.
On many occasions and from many sources, including potential clients and patent attorneys, the words "stake in the ground" have been used to describe the purpose or goal of a provisional application. If one considers a provisional application to be a stake in the ground, to somehow capture an area of technology around a stake, all one will protect is the stake. This is not a viable patenting strategy.
In San Diego, 2013 will go down as a year when -- despite the turmoil at the mayor’s office, the federal budget sequester and two-week government shutdown -- local stock prices soared to all-time record heights, the jobless rate dipped below 7 percent and home prices pushed toward prerecession levels.
Using a unique strategy, San Diego attorney Joe Leventhal helped his client, FindTheBest.com, prevail in a patent infringement case that he said shows that reform is still needed at the patent office.
Read about the latest patent law news in this Intellectual Property special report.
Find out what's going on in today's competitive IP marketplace.
Find out what's going on in today's competitive IP marketplace in this special report.
Find out how patent changes could affect local industries, and what leading companies are doing to protect and capitalize on their innovations and ideas.