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Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, PLLC

Washington, DC
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Menlo Park, CA
650 / 325-5800
Tokyo, Japan
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I hear that under the newly passed patent law, there's a first inventor defense available to a charge of patent infringement. If I don't have that defense available to me, can I buy a company that does, and then assert the defense myself?




I would like to license my technology, but I'm uncertain whether the licensee company will be successful. How do I protect my technology against the possible failure of my licensee's business?




Should my small company consider its business methods as something to patent?




I understand that under the newly-passed patent law, the Patent and Trademark Office is going to publish all US patent applications that are filed abroad. I don't want my competitors to see the claims I want to get in the US. What can I do?




When I filed my patent application, I had no intention of filing it outside the US, so I asked the Patent and Trademark Office not to publish my application. However, the invention is very successful, and I have changed my miind. What should I do?




What is the significance of marking my products with their patent numbers?




Our company has developed a new product that has four novel but distinct features that we would like to patent. What is the most cost effective way?




I hear that under the newly-passed patent law, the Patent and Trademark Office is going to publish all US patent applications. But I don't want my competitors to see all the proprietary information I put in my patent applications until the patents issue. What can I do?





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