International Patent Group, LLC







International Patent Group, LLC assists clients worldwide in establishing and obtaining intellectual property (patent) rights for their invention or assisting in entering the International Patent Application (PCT) stage. IPG specializes in offering patent and engineering services geared towards corporations, intellectual property firms, and private inventors.

Whether you need patent or invention searches ranging from patentability to infringement, or preparing and prosecuting a patent application on your invention, IPG can render the quality of service you need, affordably. With over twenty (20) years of experience in the patent industry, you will be completely satisfied with the results.

Patent protection is an important step in the development of any new invention, idea, or concept. Either you are a large research and development group or an independent inventor, all will enjoy the limited monopoly a patent provides to them. The patent process has become complicated and tricky to navigate even for the most experienced inventor. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that you utilize the services of a registered patent professional.

International Patent Group is a highly specialized firm that provides complete patent services from the initial review of an idea or invention, through the preparation and prosecution of your patent application, to the final outcome of the examination process which hopefully results in an issued patent. Assistance can also be provided in the filing of patent applications in many foreign countries or through the international application stage (PCT). IPG has experience in provided services for inventions in a wide variety of industries and with corporations located all over the world, but no matter how large or small our clients get the same level of attention and detail.

Patents are highly regarded as one of the most import assets an inventor or company can have. The owning of a monopoly on an invention gives you the opportunity to control the outcome of your idea.

Patent News

Secret Sales are Still Prior Art per (SCOTUS) - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the “on sale bar” affirming that “Congress did not alter the meaning of ‘on sale’ when it enacted the AIA.” The particular focus here was whether “secret” sales continue to qualify as prior art under the revised Section 102.  Here, the court says yes — “an inventor’s sale of an invention to a third party who is obligated to keep the invention confidential can qualify as prior art under §102(a).” See Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharma USA.

Samsung Owes Apple $539M For Infringing IP - In a landmark patent case, on May 24, 2018, a Jury unanimous held that Samsung owes Apple Inc. $538.6 million for infringing design and utility patents covering smartphone technology.

Not All Countries Honor Grace Period On Own Public Disclosure - In some countries, a patent application must be filed before any public disclosure or public use of the invention. In other countries, the patent application can be filed within a grace period following the public disclosure or public use. The grace periods and other restrictions vary widely from one country to another.  A complete list of countries and their grace period can be found HERE.

Update to § 42.57 Privilege for patent practitioners - USPTO patent practitioners and foreign jurisdiction patent practitioners shall receive the same treatment as attorneys on all issues affecting privilege or waiver, such as communications with employees or assistants of the practitioner and communications between multiple practitioners.

Petitioners Must Explain Combining Multiple Embodiments of Reference in Obviousness Argument - Recent PTAB decisions have more clearly defined the requirements for petitioners in relying on multiple embodiments of a single reference when making a § 103 argument. Petitioners should provide a showing that the "various embodiments are interchangeable or that one skilled in the art would have combined those features in the manner proposed by Petitioner.” See Abiomed, Inc. v. Maquet Cardiovascular, LLC IPR2017-01204, -01205, Paper 8 at 11.

PTAB Designates as “Informative” Three Discretionary Denials of IPR Institution Decisions - On October 24, 2017, the PTAB designated as “informative” three decisions that discretionarily denied institution of IPR petitions under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d). Section 325(d) provides that “the Director may take into account whether, and reject the petition or request because, the same or substantially the same prior art or arguments previously were presented to the Office.”.

Apple v. Samsung - The Supreme Court to review first patent design case.  The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held that the damages that Samsung had to pay to Apple was almost $550 million.

Updated Examiners Guidance - The USPTO released an update to its examiner guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. The update includes a new set of life science examples, a memorandum to the patent examining corps, and an appendix of subject matter eligibility court decisions.

Patent Troll Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 Thursday to approve the PATENT Act bill that some say will reduce frivolous lawsuits by patent trolls. Track this Bill

International Industrial Designs - Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants will be able to file international design applications through the USPTO as an office of indirect filing, and applicants filing international design applications will be able to designate the United States for design protection.