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Choosing Your Path to Commercialization

Choosing Your Path to Commercialization

Ready to take your invention to market? You may need to explore paths to commercialization. There are two common paths: one is to license the innovation to an established company and the other is to sell your product or service directly to the market. A company must...

The Impact of Williamson v. Citrix on Software Patents

On June 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit decided Williamson v. Citrix, changing its position on means-plus-function claims. Because this case has potentially significant impacts on the validity and scope of software patent applications, we are providing this memo to...

Means-plus-function Elements Lacking the Term “Means”

A claim element that is described in terms of its function may be subject to interpretation under 35 U.S.C. § 112(f).  §112(f) defines a specific claim form known as “means-plus-function.”  The scope of a means-plus-function claim is limited to the...