BOLD Blog

Here at Bold Patents, our attorneys are inspired by our inventors, the law, and technology. Often times, we find ourselves wanting to share with the world an important update on any one of those topics (or all three for that matter) and it is here that we share our take on recent happenings in Patent law and the marketplace as a whole for our clients and the technologies that bring us closer together.

Utility Patent vs. Design Patent: Everything You Need to Know

By Derek Clements | May 16, 2018
utility patent vs design patent

Many companies and inventors seeking patent protection often wonder what type of patent to file for. There are two main types of patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office: design patents and utility patents. Determining which type of patent to file for is one of the most crucial decisions for an inventor in receiving adequate protection …

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Patent Theft: Types of Patent Infringement in the United States

By James Bunts | May 10, 2018

Market Monitoring: Watching for Infringers After getting a patent granted from the government, the next step is enforcing the patent for its active lifetime of 20 years from the filing date (15 years from date of issue for design patents). Generally, it’s not a question of whether a patent is being infringed; it’s a question …

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What is Trade Dress

By John Ahn | May 9, 2018
What is Trade Dress

Trade dress is an area of trademark law that is often overlooked. A trademark is word, phrase, logo, symbol, or design associated with a good or a service that is legally protected and helps distinguish the source of said good or service from those of others. A trade dress, on the other hand, refers to …

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Advantages of Patents

By Chris Mayle | May 2, 2018
advantages of patents

The first thing you probably think of after coming up with idea is “Do I need to patent this idea?”. You may have seen numerous products boasting either their patent pending or patented status and wonder what actually are the benefits of having them. Patents offer a variety of benefits if properly utilized. The question …

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Design Patent Application Requirements

By Wooshik Shim | April 18, 2018
design patent application requirement

What is a Design Patent? Under the United States patent system, there are utility, design and plant patents.  A design patent is different from a utility patent in that “a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works, while a design patent protects the way an article looks.” In a more legal …

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Revenge: Blackberry Sues Facebook and Snapchat for Patent Infringement

By Chris Mayle | April 11, 2018
revenge blackberry sues facebook snapchat

Before the rise of iPhones and Androids, BlackBerrys were one of the most popular phones on the market. Boasting full web browsers, email inboxes, and intricate messaging applications, the Blackberrys were the go-to choice for corporate employees as well as social media enthusiasts. Though Blackberry is now playing catch up with Apple and Google, with …

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Difference Between Trademark, Copyright and Patent

By James Bunts | April 4, 2018
looking at difference types of ip

You’ve started a business enterprise and now are looking to protect your intellectual property, great! There are a variety of legal instruments available to accomplish your business goals. These are: patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and right of publicity. Patent Patents grant the owner an exclusive right, or monopoly, for a limited time on the …

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Paypal Expedited Virtual Currency Transaction System Patent Application

By John Ahn | March 28, 2018
Paypal Patent Application

Remember when e-commerce was not really a thing and buying and selling online was basically the Wild West? I have had my share of risky purchases and buyer’s remorse during those tumultuous times. But when eBay basically married PayPal, things got a lot better, namely in regards to secure, encrypted P2P financial transactions. Indeed, PayPal …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 3

By Irene Sulaiman | March 21, 2018
recommended IP strategies

This third part of the three-part series with respect to Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies for Startups will discuss some recommended IP strategies to protect the startup’s IP. Click the corresponding links here for Part 1 and Part 2. Part 3. Employ several strategies to protect the IP assets Consider the following strategies to ensure that …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 2

By Irene Sulaiman | March 14, 2018
ip ownership

Part I of this article provided a quick overview of IP assets that startups may consider. The second of this three-part series focuses on the importance of IP ownership for startups. Part 2. Identify owners of the IP Considering the nature of a startup, it is natural for the IP to be developed by a …

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