Ways to monetize a patent

The following are the most common ways to monetize a patent: Commercialization Commercialization is the process of developing a product for the market using the protected by patents. Patent rights provide the legal basis for stopping any infringements, and can potentially ensure monopoly of the product, depending on the strength of the patent. Most companies…

Ancora Techs., Inc. v. Apple, Inc. illustrates the benefits of keeping things simple

On 3rd March 2014, Apple, Inc. (Apple) lost a case against Ancora Techs., Inc. The case was relating to claim construction (understanding the meaning of claims). This case illustrates the importance of writing clear claims and how clearly worded claims save the day, if and when a patent gets involved in a litigation. The case…

Revised Draft Manual: A case of over simplification re software inventions

The Indian patent office has published a revised draft manual on 04 November 2010. This manual is a revised version of the previous draft manual published in 2008. It is in this context that we revisit the requirements for patentability of software. Draft Manual, 2008: Section 3 of the Indian patent act provides exclusions covering the subject matter that…