Tag Archives: Europe

When Presidents Signed Patents

Patent_CollageOn Presidents Day, it is my pleasure to share with you the Beem Presidential Patent Collection. The collection comprises historic original patents and an original copyright, dated between 1800 and 1843, signed by U.S. presidents (also British monarchs), U.S. secretaries of state, and U.S. attorneys general. Also in the collection are original letters signed by … Continue Reading

Would you rather win a Nobel Prize or a Patent?

Alfred Nobel Prize centennial US stamp 2001Which would you pick: The Nobel prize or a patent? If you’re like me, your instinctive reaction is to choose the Nobel. Its scarcity, prestige, and certainty of financial reward are unequaled. In this article, we’ll compare the merits of the Nobel award with the value of patents. Alfred Nobel himself will be our primary case … Continue Reading

How to Select Country of First Patent Filing, Get Foreign Filing License, and Comply with Export Controls

Globalization Connection Internet Technology.generationDoes your company have foreign competitors? Business is global, but each patent—a weapon for market advantage—is an armament of one nation. Treaties notwithstanding, the power of a patent usually stops at the border. In this article, I will discuss how to cover the globe with a minefield of … Continue Reading

How Young Turks Can Help Build Your IP Portfolio

37th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon 2015Are you protecting your company’s patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) internationally? If not, you’re missing out! The Young Turks of IP, literally in Turkey and figuratively elsewhere, can help you to advance your company’s business interests through better, stronger IP protection. Here’s what’s at stake, with 7 tips on how and when to protect your … Continue Reading

Billion Dollar Lego Patent

Lego logo on boxFifty-eight years ago today, Kirk Godtfred of Lego filed his patent application on the basic building block, literally, of Lego’s billion dollar private fortune. Now, here’s the thing: A patent filed 58 years ago is long expired. The then-standard-17-year term ended in 1978. So how is it that Lego is still the only game in town?… Continue Reading

Some Kind of Patent Trial

Beem Goes to CourtPatent jury trials reached their zenith in the mid-1990s. The stakes remain high, though the drama has faded. Now, even if it’s called a trial, what you get is “some kind of hearing,” as Judge Henry Friendly once called it in his seminal lecture and law review article. Some kind of hearing: That’s all you can expect in … Continue Reading

Patent World Convenes at IPO in Chicago

This week the world of corporate intellectual property (IP) converged in Chicago for the Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association. A record 1150 IP lawyers and patent and trademark attorneys attended from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America,  Australia and Africa. See attached photo (from left to right): Ray Ricordati, Renata Righetti, Richard Beem, … Continue Reading

Improved product? Patent it for profit.

You own or run a niche business that makes value-added products. Yes, that still happens in America, the Number 2 manufacturing country in the world, according to a comprehensive new study by the Congressional Research Service. (Read further for details.) American manufacturers spend far more on R&D than any other country in the world. What’s more, … Continue Reading

Unitary patent: Why select Greece over Turkey?

Greece and Turkey are in the news. I visited both countries in May. Both are pleasant. Of the two, Turkey seems to be the more serious candidate for new business investment and related patents and intellectual property (IP). Greece notoriously has defaulted on its debt and is in danger of exiting the European Union (EU). Economically, the nation is not a major … Continue Reading

Patent System under Attack: Interview with USPTO Director Michelle Lee

This morning, my fellow leaders of the Chicago Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLAC) and I met with Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and several of her fellow USPTO executives, including the impressive Dr. Christal Sheppard, Director of the Detroit Office. Director Lee has excellent qualifications. Unfortunately, as discussed below, … Continue Reading

Science vs. Technology: Volta vs. Watt and Edison

Today’s Google doodle honors Alessandro Volta (whose name will be remembered forever in connection with the volt, a unit of power) on his 270th birthday. Volta is credited with the invention of the first electrical battery in 1799. The doodle has been criticized as misleading because it portrays electric lights more commonly associated with Thomas … Continue Reading

History and Future of U.S. Patent System

As I write these words, I am inspired and surrounded by original autographs of seven of America’s eight early presidents. Their signatures appear on 200-year old original patents displayed on the walls of my offices. See Beem Presidential Patent Collection. “If a country can be said to possess a soul, then America’s is the patent … Continue Reading
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