Archive for the ‘Patent Basics’ Category

HOUSTON PATENT ATTORNEY: What is public disclosure in patent law?

35 USC 102 (A) states that a person should be entitled to a patent unless “the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention.” 35 USC 102(B) gives inventors 1 year from the disclosure date to file a patent application.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 02/04/2015 01:27 pm | No Comments

Houston Patent Attorney: Priority Deadlines for Design Patent Applications

Design patents are a type of industrial design right, where the ornamental design of a product can be protected. In most countries design patents are called “Industrial Design” patents.

In most cases, design patent applications have the same filing deadlines and priority due dates as utility patent application.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 02/04/2015 12:28 pm | No Comments

A Houston Patent Attorney’s Review of PLAS-PAK INDUSTRIES, INC. v. Sulzer Mixpac AG.

Intended purposes arguments are alive and well! Houston Patent Attorney 

In this case Sulzer Mixpac Ag owns patent number 7,815, 384, which is directed towards a device for mixing and dispensing Multi-components paints. A representative independent claim is reproduced below.

1. A device for applying a coating, comprising

at least two cylindrical cartridges,
a static mixing nozzle in fluid communication with the cartridges,
a spray tip, in fluid communication with the nozzle,
a first flexible hose is disposed between and in fluid communication with the nozzle and the spray tip, and
a second hose, in fluid communication with the spray tip, for supplying atomization air to the spray tip.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 01/28/2015 11:06 am | No Comments

A Texas Patent Attorney’s Overview of Patent Damages

The main reason why people obtain patents (other than being inspired by Shark Tank) is to stop someone else from making the same product, and if someone else makes the same product to be able to recover damages.

Patent laws require that the damages awarded in patent infringement actions must be “adequate to compensate for the infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention by the infringer, together with interest and costs as fixed by the court.” Courts have construed this statutory phrase as award for 1) lost profits, 2) compensatory damages, where the patentee can prove such damages, and 3) enhanced damages.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 01/22/2015 05:34 pm | No Comments

Can Computer Software and Mobile Applications Be Patented? Yes!

A common question I get from the start-up community here in Austin is “Can I patent software for my mobile application and software?” Currently the United States is a jurisdiction that allows for software to be patented while other jurisdictions, such as Japan do not allow software to be patented.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 08/08/2013 09:38 am | No Comments

2013 Best Patent Law Firms indicating which firms have Austin, Texas Offices.

Below is a list of the top 10 patent law firms in the US based on issued patents over the following years: 2011, 2012, 2013.

I am pleased to see that my former firm, Harness, Dickey, and Pierce is still listed as a top 5 law firm even after my departure.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 08/01/2013 12:33 pm | No Comments

What are the differences between a Non-Final and a Final Office Action?


An “office action” is an official letter from the United States Patent and Trademark Office representing a patent examiner’s review of the status of a pending patent action. Typically, an office action indicated that none, some, or all of the pending claims are allowable, and the patent examiner’s concerns regarding the claims.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 08/01/2013 11:37 am | No Comments

What are the differences between a 35 USC 102 and a 35 USC 103 rejection?

During patent prosecution it is likely that a patent examiner at the USPTO will issue an office action with a 35 USC 102 and or 35 USC 103 rejections. Samples for responding to a 35 USC 102 rejection can be found here and 35 USC 103 rejection here.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 07/31/2013 01:05 pm | No Comments

Should I file a design patent, a provisional patent, or both?

Initially please review an overview of design patents (overview of design patents) and provisional patents (overview of provisional patents).

To determine whether to file a design patent or a provisional/utility patent application it is helpful to understand what your invention is directed towards.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 07/22/2013 10:19 am | No Comments

Should My Start-Up File A Provisional Or A Non-Provisional Patent Application?

A common question I receive from inventors and decision makers at Start-ups is whether they should file a provisional patent application or a non-provisional patent application for their new invention. There are benefits and detriments to both ways of beginning the patent process for an invention, which in some industries may be more important.… Read the rest >>

Posted on 07/19/2013 11:59 am | No Comments
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