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Zarley Law InnovationIowa Sponsorship

Zarley Law \ April 17, 2017

Zarley Law is pleased to again sponsor innovationIowa, a publication that highlights emerging companies, legacy enterprises, and the wide range of innovation happening in the Hawkeye State. 

Is My Idea Too Broad? Patent Applications and Your Invention

Tim Zarley \ April 13, 2017

The perfect patent application lies in a sweet spot of breadth. For your patent to offer optimum protection, it must be narrow enough to gain the USPTO’s approval but also broad enough that it’s difficult for someone to design around your patent and become a competitor. 

Life After Brexit Part Two: Implications on the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Josh Conley \ April 04, 2017

Innovators are attempting to determine what to do with their European filing strategies with Brexit becoming more of a reality each day.  As laid out in my first post on the subject, the availability of the European Patent Convention (EPC) post-Brexit will continue to make..

Congress Opts-in to Allowing ISPs to Sell Consumer Data

Josh Conley \ March 30, 2017

Congressional Republicans voted Tuesday to repeal FCC rules preventing internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your browsing history to third parties. Last week, the Republican-controlled Senate passed the same legislation, which leaves the final step—President Trump’s..

Experience and Expertise: Should I Use General Practice to Protect My IP? Or an IP Law Firm?

Tim Zarley \ March 21, 2017

There’s no question. You know you need to get a patent, trademark, or copyright for your latest work. But what most people don’t know can indeed hurt them. For example, pursuing a relationship with an attorney that’s not an IP lawyer. So you do your research and you’ve found..

Life After Brexit Part 1: Current EPO Filings and Community Trademarks

Josh Conley \ March 14, 2017

On June 26, 2015, 52% of the voting public in the United Kingdom told the European Union that they needed some distance in what is referred to as Brexit.  The question facing many businesses is, how does this affect our intellectual property filing strategy going forward?..

The Book on Patenting: Is My Idea Novel?

Tim Zarley \ March 02, 2017

To meet the USPTO’s standard of novelty during the patent application process, your invention has to be different than all others that have come before it. If your invention has been publicly disclosed or sold anywhere in the world, it isn’t patentable. But don’t get..

Blackbird V. Netflix: Is This Patent Troll for Reel?

Josh Conley \ February 28, 2017

On February 1, 2017, Blackbird Technologies, a company based out of Boston; Chicago; and Concord, Massachusetts; filed suit against Los Gatos, California-based Netflix, Inc. in Delaware federal court for patent infringement. Blackbird, a company that does not create software,..

Patent Rights and Death

Josh Conley \ February 20, 2017

One question that arises for inventors is what will happen to their issued patent rights after their death.  Determining who holds the rights to an issued patent after the inventor’s death depends on the actions taken, or not taken, during the inventor’s life.

What the BPCIA Means for Intellectual Property Rights in 2017

La'Cee A. Groetken \ February 14, 2017

In 2017, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) may be affected by a partial or complete repeal, or a revision, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BPCIA is a set of laws enacted in March 2010 that became Title VII of the ACA. The Trump administration..