Monthly Archives: September 2011

Record Assignments, Not Licenses, at the US Patent Office

Here is a bit of legal basis about recording of assignments at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Licenses are not recorded at the USPTO. Assignments. Under MPEP 301(II), an “Assignment” is the “act of transferring to another the ownership of one’s property.” In 37 C.F.R. § 3.1, an assignment of patent rights is […]

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Police Likely Can Search Your Cell Phone if You are Arrested

After you have been arrested, the police generally may search items on your person and including your pockets, as well as anything within your immediate control. Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969). This means that the police can physically take your cell phone and anything else in your pockets. Some courts go one step […]

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Effective Invention Disclosure Statements

When working with inventors in a company, it is helpful to have a program by which new inventions can be brought to the attention of management. This is the place of an invention disclosure statement. I prefer to call such a document an innovation disclosure form (IDF) so as to avoid confusion with an “information […]

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