(Alt text: Patent subject matter eligibility will not be met if your idea is abstract, or based on a law of nature or physical phenomenon.

US Patent Requirement #1: Subject Matter Eligibility

Determining patent subject matter eligibility is a crucial initial step in securing a patent. This criterion is not about novelty or uniqueness; it's about making sure that your idea or innovation fits into a category deemed patentable by law. Many inventors face challenges when their creations, while innovative, don't align with...

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Intellectual Property Challenges in the Consumer Electronics Industry

The consumer electronics industry is a hotbed of innovation, constantly pushing the boundaries of technology. But have you ever considered the intellectual property challenges that come with such rapid advancement? Protecting your creative ideas in this fast-paced sector is crucial, yet it presents a unique set of complexities.

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Patent Valuation Methods: Assessing the Worth of Intellectual Property Assets

Understanding the true worth of intellectual property assets is paramount for any business, and patent valuation plays a crucial role in this endeavor. Patent valuation is the process of determining the economic value of a patent, a critical step in strategizing business growth, technology transfer, and licensing negotiations. As the complexity...

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Patents vs. Copyrights vs. Trademarks vs. Trade Secrets: What Do You Really Need?

As you explore ways to protect your idea, you may have come up against the whole patents vs. copyrights vs. trademarks vs. trade secrets issue. These are four different types of intellectual property, all with varying requirements and protections. In some cases, it's entirely possible to manage things for yourself. In others,...
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Intellectual Property Protection Options for Food & Beverage Recipes

There is no universal rule regarding the intellectual property protection you need for recipes. You’ve got many, many options, and the one you choose will depend on your goals and needs. Generally, we recommend working with an IP expert who can give you a detailed legal opinion on how to best protect the food...
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FAQ: What’s the Difference Between Copyrights and Patents?

There are surprisingly a lot of differences between these two types of intellectual property (IP) rights. In the simplest language, copyrights protect artistic works, while patents protect inventions. There are four main areas of IP Law, and patents and copyrights are just two of them. You will see below, Ii’ve listed each area of IP...
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How Small Cannabis Businesses Can Survive The Hurdles Of IP Protection

by: Spencer Keller*

ABSTRACT The current state of cannabis and intellectual property laws and regulations leaves small and emerging cannabis businesses at a distinct disadvantage com­ pared to those in other industries. Those wishing to pursue cannabis inven­ tions and patents face an uphill battle as cannabis research and development is nearly...
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