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Practical Intellectual Property Practices for Corporate Clients

Imagine the embarrassment of having an email discovered during litigation where one of your employees exclaims that your new product probably infringes a competitor’s patent he has only just perused. Of course, it is sound business practice for companies to routinely review their competitors’ published patent applications and issued patents.    Armed with this information, your company can make strategic business decisions.  However, your company should take steps to avoid creating potentially harmful documents, emails and other correspondence that could be used against it in litigation. If your company has personnel involved in (a) reviewing the competitors’ published patent applications and issued patents and/or (b) monitoring the prosecution of a competitor’s patent application, then be sure to implement some simple policies on how to document and

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What Type of Patent Do I Need?

As an inventor, you need to protect your intellectual property. The best way to do this may be to patent your invention. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers different types of patents. As you begin the patent process, you may wonder, “What type of patent do I need?” This is a difficult question that is best answered by sitting down with an experienced and registered patent attorney. Your patent lawyer will discuss your invention and plans and help you determine which patent might work best for you. What Type of Patent Do I Need? In general, there are four different types of patents. These options include: Utility patent. Utility patents are most commonly used for inventions. You may file a utility patent

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