Category: Patents

Apple, Qualcomm End Patent Feud: What’s a Few Billion Between Friends?

The front page headline of the Wall Street Journal* blared the news: “Apple, Qualcomm End Legal Feud.” But the Journal declined to speculate how much money Apple will pay for the 4G, LTE, and 5G technologies patented by Qualcomm. “Undisclosed payment,” indeed. The stock market, though, has an uncanny knack for valuing deals. Qualcomm’s market […]

A Sale is a Sale: Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning of “On Sale” in Helsinn

By Kristin Holmes The Supreme Court recently clarified the post-AIA meaning of “on sale” in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceutical USA, No. 17-1229, 2019 WL 271945 (Jan. 22, 2019). The issue in this case is whether the sale of a patentable product to a third party, who is contractually obligated to keep the invention […]

Top 5 reasons to choose a Chicago lawyer

Chicago can be a cold, hard place. Crime, corruption, taxes. Brutal winters. Why would one choose to live and work in Chicago? I’ll tell you my story, below. But first, and more to the point of this article, why would you select a Chicago lawyer to handle a case of national scope—such as a patent […]

Six Ton Tower Trike Patent

Jim Gesto of South Bend, Indiana, has invented and patented an 11,000 pound trike! Entertainer Jay Leno likes the Tower Trike so much that he featured it on his popular CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage. Watch this one-minute video clip from Leno’s Garage and you will join Jay Leno as a fan of the Tower Trike. Why […]

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 […]

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 […]