Beem on Patents

Invention, Reinvention, and Patents

Among other events that occurred on this date in history, U.S. Patent 942,699, directed to the first synthetic plastic, Bakelite, was granted to inventor Leo Baekeland. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Baekeland was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1978. When the Bakelite patent issued in 1909, the world seemed to […]

Marching Orders

Business—at least as waged between competitors—is war. That observation was made in 1832 by Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz in his magnum opus, On War, based on his service in the Napoleonic Wars. We see this in the field of intellectual property (IP) rights. What is a patent, if not a competitive advantage, the legal […]

AIPPI Resolves Software Inventions Eligible for Patent

In a major new development, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) has adopted a resolution favoring patent-eligibility of computer software inventions, also known as “computer implemented inventions” or “CII.” I. Background of widespread confusion about software or CII patents The patent systems of the world are in a state of confusion […]

Why Patent Boutique?

Seventeen years ago, I founded Beem Patent Law Firm to provide business clients with customized patents and lean, focused enforcement and defense. It’s been rewarding, and it’s also been humbling. On the rewarding side has been the ability to attract and serve business clients in patent transactions and litigation, including trial and appeal. It is […]

Real inventions are not on Shark Tank

On Tuesday evening, I went to a “shark tank” event at TechNexus in Chicago. Thanks to my friend and colleague Nancy Fallon-Houle, the startup business lawyer, for inviting me. Here’s what I’ve learned about inventions and Shark Tank. If you’d like to know more about how to profit from your inventions, this article is for you.

When Presidents Signed Patents

On 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 […]

Why patent defendants hate East Texas (Part 1)

Why do patent defendants say such bad things about the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas? I asked this question of Michael C. Smith, the noted lawyer and blogger from Marshall, Texas. To prime the pump, I noted Texas Monthly calls his hometown “the intellectual property equivalent of a speed trap, a […]