Wealth of Ideas Newsletter

Don't Patent Yourself Out of a Product

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, July 2004

It happens more often than you would think. An inventor calls our office in the belief that his or her patent is infringed and provides information on the patent, the inventor’s own product, and the infringing product. Then we have to break the news that not only is the competitor not infringing the patent, but the inventor’s own product isn’t even covered by the patent!


Don't Be a "Patent Slacker"

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, June 2004

In the world of patent infringement lawsuits, one defense often raised by the defendant is “laches.” Although it is frequently mentioned in conjunction with a similar defense, “estoppel,” and although the two are related, laches is not synonymous with estoppel. Laches, from the Old French, means slackness or negligence – a “sin of omission.” In intellectual property law, it is the unexcused failure of a patentee to take action in a timely manner against a patent infringer.


Making Your Mark

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, May 2004

Did you ever notice a patent number on a product and wonder why such marking was there? We are accustomed to seeing patent numbers on almost everything, and here's why: by doing so, the patent owner informs the world that the product is patented and thereby puts infringers on notice of the patent rights.


Avast Ye Office Scoundrels!

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, March 2004

There is something about the nature of information that compels ordinary, honest, law-abiding citizens to copy magazine articles and technical journals, and duplicate computer software without seeking permission from their copyright holders.

If you recognize yourself in this category of office scoundrel, avast, there are organizations searching the seven seas for you.


Sometimes, Little Things Mean a Lot

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, February 2004

Throughout history, certain inventions have profoundly impacted the course of mankind. Movable type, invented by Johann Gutenberg, and the discovery of penicillin are two notable examples.

Movable type, developed long before the institution of patents, not only enabled literacy amongst a greater population, but promoted the development of literature, research, and art – helping to bring about the advent of the Renaissance.