What do you mean by “Around?” And Why the PTAB and the Courts May Disagree

While non-patent lawyers might wonder why there is such a fuss about the word “around,” the meaning of what appears to be a common term is a “big deal” in determining the scope of patent claims, and whether a patent that was subjected to the dreaded Inter Partes Review proceeding has valid claims. By way […]

How to Fight the Jabberwock Known as Alice

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!” from Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) by Lewis Carroll. Since Alice v. CLS Bank[1], companies have found that obtaining software patents is more difficult, especially as many software patent applications going through the examination process at the USPTO were drafted before the Alice decision.  Although […]

Copyright: Still Relevant after 500 Years

Copyright is used to protect original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  It is a useful tool to prevent the copying of books, software, and other valuable creative and useful works.  It was developed almost 500 years ago largely in response to the invention of the printing press in […]