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US design patents – no longer second chair

After a lifetime of deference to utility patents, in recent years design patents in the United States are enjoying a place of prominence. Design patent filings at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have increased sharply and design patents are finding a more important role in corporate patent portfolios. Much of the attention stems […]

The great divide – sorting out method claims and multiple actors

The great divide – sorting out method claims and multiple actors by E. Colin Cicotte and Scott A. Hogan, first appeared in IAM Yearbook: Building IP value in the 21st century 2017, a supplement to IAM, published by Globe Business Media Group – IP Division, October 2016. To view the guide in full, please go […]