obvIPat - Obviously Patentable

The blog for inventors, in-house counsel, & entrepreneurs.

Welcome to obvIPat!

by Orlando Lopez and Bruce Jobse

Welcome to the premier posting of Obviously Patentable, or “obvIPat” for short. So why another IP blog?  While there are many excellent IP blogs aimed at lawyers (Patently-O, 271 Patent Blog, Patent Baristas, and The TTABlog), not everyone involved with IP is a lawyer, and, not every lawyer is an IP specialist.  Inventors, business owners, venture capitalists, in-house counsel and other attorneys also need information on patents, trademarks, copyrights and IP issues, but may not have the background or time to dig through some of the more concentrated IP content available online.

obvIPat intends to become an accessible and reliable voice to the online IP community for relevant IP issues. Also, we recognize that not all interesting IP issues relate to patents, and, correspondingly, not all patent issues are interesting.  We will frequently have postings relating to trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, litigation and business issues within the IP space,  many from guest authors who are authorities in their respective fields.

In addition to our main blog postings, the CAFC Weekly section of the obvIPat website will highlight relevant IP decisions from the prior week, while the IP Calendar and IP in the News sections will  provide information on upcoming IP events and items of interest in the news.  Finally, our Wit & Wisdom and IP Select sections offer enlightenment, humor and recognition of the creativity and innovations that have helped shape our culture.

You can separately subscribe to each of the obvIPat website sections through an RSS feed, visit our Subscribe page to sign up.

One of the central themes in our next few postings will be the evolution of US patent applications.  Over the last 15 years, we have seen patent applications change significantly in response to new case law from Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) much of which has provided guidelines for the interpretation of patent claims.  As a result, patent attorneys have significantly changed the way that patent applications are written.  This process is ongoing since new CAFC decisions (and a number of Supreme Court decisions) continue to change the interpretation of claims, the examination of patents and what inventive technologies can be patented.  These changes can be both confusing and disconcerting to the inventive community, including patent attorneys.  In subsequent postings we’ll explain the basis for these changes while also providing a brief summary of new developments and links to more detailed analysis.  No matter what your background or level of understanding, we hope that you will find the obvIPat blog useful for understanding and protecting your intellectual property.

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4 Responses to “Welcome to obvIPat!”

  1. KelliJ says:

    Congratulations on your new blog. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Anna DeLeo says:

    Thank you! We look forward to your comments on our topics and to your suggestions as to topics of interest.

  3. Loving the fresh content! Keep it coming!

  4. Anna DeLeo says:

    Thanks Jeff!

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