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What’s So Special About Tyler, Texas, Anyway?

Most people don’t even know where Tyler, Texas, is, but for patent litigators—that is, attorneys that try patent cases—it has become their home away from home. First, I need to give a little bit of background about the federal court system that a lot of people aren’t aware of. The federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction […]

A Personal Story: My Path to Becoming a Patent Attorney (Part 2)

Last time, I explained the circumstances that led me to start law school after I “retired” from chemistry. Now the rest of the story. It’s very different to start law school when you’re…I’ll be kind to myself and use the word…”mature.” I was the second oldest student in my class, and I was the oldest […]

A Personal Story: My Path to Becoming a Patent Attorney (Part 1)

When I meet new clients, they don’t realize at first that being a patent lawyer is actually a second career for me. Since a lot of people find how I got to where I am today an interesting story, I’ve decided to share it with you, my readers. When I was in high school, I […]

What Goes Into a Patent Application?

Many people are under the impression that drafting a patent application is just a matter of filling out forms, like any type of government application, and perhaps submitting a picture, as you do when you’re applying for a passport. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, preparing a patent application is a complex […]

Spring is Here and the Patents are Blooming!

Welcome, Springtime! The trees are starting to blossom, little plants are sticking their heads above the soil, the grass is starting to get greener, and I’m sure that just brings thoughts of patents to everybody’s heads. Well, not everybody. We’ve previously discussed utility patents and design patents, but there’s a third type of patent in the […]

What is Patentable? The Phenomena of Nature Exception

The answer to the question “what is patentable?” should be pretty straightforward, because the applicable law says: “a machine, a manufacturer, composition, or a process, or the improvements thereof, are patentable.” However, over the years, the courts have created very specific guidelines concerning what is or is not patentable. One exception to patentability is called […]

What Should an Attorney Charge to File and Prosecute a Patent Application?

Not surprisingly, one of the first questions clients usually ask me is “how much does it cost to get a patent?” While there are some government fees that apply regardless of which attorney you choose to file and prosecute (i.e. prepare the application and shepherd it through to issuance) your patent, the attorneys fees can […]

This Valentine’s Day, Enjoy Your Intellectual Property

{2:30 minutes to read} February 14th is Valentine’s Day. It’s a special day in our household because my youngest grandson, Xavier, was born on Valentine’s Day. To many people, it’s also a good day for romance and love. I’m sure most don’t think about intellectual property such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights, although the romantic […]

Patent Law: Business As Usual

{6 minutes to read} We have a new president. We have new members of Congress with a different distribution between the two parties. And probably before the Supreme Court sits for a new session in October, we’ll have a ninth justice. The question is: How are the changes in Washington going to affect patent law?

FAQ: What Should I Expect When Meeting with a Patent Attorney?

{Read in 4:50 minutes}Many times when meeting with clients for the first time, they are very shy and say, “I’ve never met with a patent attorney before.” They don’t know what to expect or what they need to bring to the first appointment in order to discuss whether they should pursue a patent. There are […]