Tag Archive: Patents

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    by Angie Chang

    How Changes In The Patent Office May Affect Your Business

    By Manali V. Dighe (Intellectual Property Attorney, Borton Petrini)

    Patents are integral for innovation. On the one hand, patents promote disclosure of new and useful inventions. On the other hand, as a “payment” for disclosure, the patent owner gets the exclusive right to make, use, sell, or offer to sell the invention. Patent law will be experiencing arguably its biggest reform to date.

    On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed a landmark patent reform act, the America Invents Act. Some changes will go into effect immediately, and some will go into effect 12 or 18 months from the date of enactment.

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    by Angie Chang

    Increase In Patent Applications By Women Entrepreneurs

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    The number of women obtaining patents grew at an accelerated rate in the past 35 years — and in numbers considerably higher than previously reported.

    Reported by the National Women’s Business Council who commissioned the study, the report demonstrates that the largest spike came in 2010 as 22,984 patents were granted to women (a 35% jump over the previous year). In 2009, women received 17,061 patents (a 4.5% increase over the 16,321 issued in 2008).