Monthly Archives: November 2014

The U.S. Patent Office is Forgiving about Small Entity Status

Small entity status gives individuals and companies substantial discounts on many government fees associated with patent filings. In the mid-1990s, there were district court decisions in which a patentee faced negative legal consequences for erroneously or improperly claiming small entity status. See (1) Haden Schweitzer Corp. v. Arthur B. Myr Industries, Inc., 901 F. Supp. 1235, […]

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What Makes Claims Patent Eligible? “Significantly More” Explained

On August 15, 2014, the Federal Circuit decided the appeal in I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL Inc., et al., case No. 11-CV-0512 from the Eastern District of Virginia and gives guidance on claim drafting in the computer arts. At trial, I/P Engine brought an action against AOL Inc., Google Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., […]

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