From GigaOm come this article about another change to patent law, one providing greater protection to holders of design patents. One of Apple’s key weapons in its legal battle against competitors is a special type of patent that protects the visual appearance of a product. Critics have denounced these patents as a way to own “rounded rectangles” but we may have to get used to seeing a lot more of them.
Last week, President Obama signed a law that will increase the term and scope of so-called “design patents.” The law could offer US designers a new way to fight knock-offs — but some fear it will strain an already over-burdened Patent Office and make America’s troubled patent system even more dysfunctional.
The new design patent law: what it does
RDinsights.com has a compelling article on the potential effects The America Invents Act (otherwise known as Patent Reform) may have on US based businesses, R&D and new product development (NPD).
Patent reform’s first inventor to file provision will have one major effect on open innovation: Inventors will have to fully protect their inventions before disclosing them to other parties. This effect of first-to-file should not be under estimated, as it is likely to lead to the end of open innovation as it is currently practiced. The reason for this is three-fold: Continue reading
Newlogic recently presented at the “Structural Packaging Summit,” in Orlando, Florida. The event went from February 29th to March 1st and included many speakers that we have interviewed and written about in the past. We felt the event was a great success with thoughtful presentations and dynamic networking sessions. Continue reading
The USPTO has released a series of documents about the proposed new rules for patent fees. These new rules are part of the Patent Reform act of 2011, and were one of the main reasons the act received such wide bipartisan support, the patent office has a strategic issue with pendency, there are more patent application coming in than there are resources to handle the volume. Here’s a list of the issues addressed in the announcement and the image of the proposed fee structure.
Overview of the changes:
PowerPoint deck of the fee changes.
While this announcement may mean higher fees for larger R&D departments, Patent fees are overall a smaller portion of the cost of patenting when considering the costs of attorney fees. The bigger issues for R&D departments arise in making decisions about what to patent and what not to patent in light of the Patent Reform Bill’s changes from first to invent, to first inventor to file, and the effects those changes have on choices about what to patent when and if an invention is within a company’s overall technology strategy. Continue reading