Patent

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States or, in special cases, from the date an earlier related application was filed, subject to the payment of maintenance fees. This is FindLaw's collection of Patent articles, part of the Intellectual Property section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

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Patent Articles
    • Monsanto Win and Implications for the Patent Exhaustion Doctrine
      On May 13, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsanto, finding that a farmer's unauthorized copying of Monsanto's genetically modified soybean seed infringed Monsanto's patent. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Kagan ...

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    • Study Finds Patent Claimants Fare Better with Juries
      Patent claimants, or patentees, fare better than alleged patent infringers with juries than they do with bench trials, according to a recently published study by Stanford law professor, Mark A. Lemley. In his study, Professor Lemley, along with ...

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    • Start-Ups Are Becoming More Frequent Targets of Patent Trolls
      The recent Apple vs. Samsung patent case highlighted a topic many technology companies deal with now more often than in the past: patent infringement litigation. While it's no surprise that large and small companies were often targeted in patent ...

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    • List of Top Patenting Organizations: 1997
      PRELIMINARY LIST OF TOP PATENTING ORGANIZATIONS * Calendar Year 1997 This report presents a preliminary list of organizations receiving the most patents for invention (i.e., utility patents) during the 1997 CALENDAR year. For the fifth straight ...

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    • List of Top Patenting Organizations: 1998
      LIST OF TOP PATENTING ORGANIZATIONS * Calendar Year 1998 This report presents a preliminary list* of organizations receiving the most patents for invention (i.e., utility patents) during the 1998 CALENDAR year. For the sixth consecutive year ...

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    • Attorney Diligence in Patent Application Preparation Will Require Special Attention After January 1, 1996
      But, proof of a prior actual date of invention frequently requires not only clear evidence of conception and of reduction to practice but also evidence of diligence. If a constructive reduction to practice is relied upon, diligence to the filing of ...

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    • U.S. Supreme Court Vacates the Festo Decision
      The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision on May 28, 2002, vacated the judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the long anticipated case of Festo Corp v. Shoketsu Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Co. The Supreme Court found that the ...

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    • What is Intellectual Property?: Patents
      Intellectual Property is the group of legal rights in things that people create or invent. Intellectual property rights include patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret rights. In Europe and some other countries, "moral rights", which are ...

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    • U.S. Patent Overview
      Protecting the product of one's mental labor can be in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. In general, patents protect inventions of tangible things such as a machine, process, chemical formula; copyrights protect ...

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    • What Can Be Patented
      (Excerpted from the United States Patent and Trademark Office's General Information Concerning Patents) The patent law specifies the general field of subject matter that can be patented and the conditions under which a patent may be obtained. In the ...

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