Balancing Intellectual Property Rights: Can You Patent The Sun?

Balancing Intellectual Property Rights: Can You Patent The Sun?

Balancing intellectual property rights concerning the COVID 19 vaccine while serving the public good is the dilemma facing our global population today.  Failure to strike a balance creates a conflict between those living in developing countries and those in...
Patent Eligibility and Alice… Not Who, But What?

Patent Eligibility and Alice… Not Who, But What?

Patent Eligibility: Is your invention eligible for patent protection? The Supreme Court landmark decision concerning patent eligibility in Alice Corp. v CLS Bank International (decided June 19, 2014), brought to the forefront Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act, which...
Patents: Frequently Asked Questions

Patents: Frequently Asked Questions

Ference & Associates is a IP boutique law firm whose practice is limited to patents, trademarks and copyrights. We frequently get asked questions about the many aspects of the patent process. While there are a multitude of intricacies that we could dive into, the...
What is the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (PEG)?

What is the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (PEG)?

Subject matter eligibility guidance explains how the United States Patent Trade Office (USPTO) personnel including patent examiners should evaluate claims for patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S. Code, Section §101. The USPTO will reject a patent...

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