The Global History of Patents
Patents have long held a distinction in human history, much further back than most realize. Like many aspects of life, it started with our most primal necessity: food. Robin Jacob, a British intellectual property expert, believes the earliest concept of a patent was in 600 BC. A chef had created “some kind of newfangled loaf …Read more
A Potential Fairytale Ending to Patent Trolls
On October 1, we wrote a blog about patent trolls, otherwise known as NPEs (Non-practicing entities), which are companies that don’t make or sell anything; they solely own patents. In an effort to thwart these patent trolls from buying patents for the sole purpose of frivolous lawsuits against unsuspecting businesses, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, …Read more
What is a Provisional Patent?
Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for patent which was designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States, according to the USPTO website. “Technically, there is no such thing as a ‘provisional patent.’ The patent …Read more