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The Difference Between a Copyright and a Patent

difference between a copyright and patentIn developing a strategy for protecting intellectual property (IP), some innovators wonder if a copyright is just as effective as getting a patent. It’s an appealing option since copyrights are less expensive and easier to obtain than patents. However, the …

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How to Reduce Patent Translation Costs During Patent Filing

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Patent protection is limited by national or regional borders. This means you must file for a new patent or validate your patent in each individual country or region where you wish …

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Supreme Court Decides on Exhaustibility of U.S. Patents

supreme court decision on lexmarkDoes U.S. patent protection end when a patented product is sold? What if an item patented in the U.S. is sold in another country? On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments by Impression Products v. Lexmark International

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China’s New 5-Year Plan Puts IP Protection First

China IP protectionAt the start of the year, China’s State Council released an ambitious plan to increase intellectual property rights during China’s current Five-Year Plan (2016-2020). The launch of the State Council’s updated IP Plan came on the heels of WIPO’s 2016

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Differences in Patent Eligibility Around the World

global patent eligibilityTwo things must always be true when you’re applying for a patent, wherever you are in the world — (1) Your invention must be novel and (2) it must be useful. However, different nations have different definitions of these two …

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