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A few weeks ago, I published a post about Artificial Intelligence Patent Inventors, which reported that three patent offices declined patent inventorship to an AI inventor. Recently, a client asked me whether a corporation qualifies as a patent inventor.  Great question.   Just like AI, corporations cannot be patent inventors. Patent Inventors A patent inventor contributes intellectually to an invention.  In other words, an inventor contributes to the conception.   Rephrased in this article: “…conception requires…
I am totally beat up today.  I mean that physically, not emotionally.  Bruises, swelling, aches and pains all over. Let me start from the beginning…I promise it’s nothing sketchy. Randi’s Epic “Failure” It happened yesterday evening. “What’s that pitter patter, mom?” asked my teenage daughter. Slowly we followed the sound to its source – a bee buzzing around the bay window of our kitchen table. It was trying over and over again to get outside…
On April 27, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”)  published a  decision declining to extend patent inventorship to an Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) named DABUS. The decision found that the application did not name an “inventor.” Who is DABUS?  DABUS stands for “Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience”. The USPTO is not alone.  Both the EPO and UKIPO also refused the DABUS applications. Each concluded that AI does not qualify as…
Everywhere we look we hear of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on health, businesses, social lives, and personal grooming.   On the other side of this devastation is a significant increase in creativity and innovation designed to fight COVID-19.  A glimmer of hope in an otherwise stormy landscape.   As reported by the Word Economic Forum: “From Spiderman-esque wrist-mounted disinfectant sprays, to a wristband that buzzes whenever you’re about to touch your face, a wealth…
COVID-19 and Coronavirus Trademarks “gone viral” Not so long ago, COVID-19 and Coronavirus were not in my vocabulary. How about you? That was then. This is now. The terms COVID-19 and Coronavirus are now everywhere.  These terms are part of the news, social media, and every conversation. Applications with the word COVID-19 and Coronavirus trademarks have also “gone viral”. Why? COVID-19 and Coronavirus Trademark Applications Registering a trademark is a low-priced, high value action for…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal practices to help secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic:  Protecting Children’s Privacy in Online Learning   While scrolling through Facebook last week,  I came upon a teacher’s post sharing a joyful moment teaching an online learning class.  How heartwarming to read…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal tips to help you secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic.  With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic: Pivoting from Brick & Mortar to an Online Business during the Coronavirus Pandemic I’ve been privileged to work with some fantastic businesses! With their brick and mortar businesses shuttered, these entrepreneurs…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal information so you can secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic.  With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic:  The Emergence of Patent Heroes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Yes, you heard me right: Patent Heroes. I’ve spent over twenty years helping creators protect their innovation.  As a patent attorney, that’s…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal strategies, practices, and policies to help you secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. In the first of this series, I discussed key intellectual property practices to protect your uniqueness. The second of this series covered personal device usage, or more commonly known…
The Coronavirus and Small Business Law Series This blog post series provides key legal strategies, practices, and policies to help you secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. In the first of this series, I discussed key intellectual property practices to protect your uniqueness. In this second post, I’ll cover personal device usage, or more commonly known…