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Feb
2017

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By Andrew McAleavey

Director Who?

On 15, Feb 2017 | In Uncategorized | By Andrew McAleavey

Since the Trump Administration has come into office, those of us in the patent community have had to engage in a bit of Soviet-style Kremlinology: there’s been no word on who the USPTO Director or acting director is, the USPTO isn’t commenting, and we’re all-but reading tea leaves. Unfortunately for patent applicants, it matters.
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Sep
2016

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By Andrew McAleavey

Are Patentability Searches Worth It?

On 04, Sep 2016 | In Uncategorized | By Andrew McAleavey

The question of whether or not an invention is patentable is a fundamental one in patent law, and to answer that question, the patentability search and patentability opinion are basic services offered by all patent attorneys and agents. But are patentability searches and opinions worth it?
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Jul
2015

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By Andrew McAleavey

Why Patent Drawings Still Matter

On 07, Jul 2015 | In Uncategorized | By Andrew McAleavey

Rummaging through the millions of issued U.S. patents, it doesn’t take very long to find something that resonates: Edison’s earliest light bulb designs; the Slinky® toy; NASA’s Mercury space capsule; designs for early iPod® and iPhone® devices; even the first patent, for methods of making potash, signed by George Washington. America’s patent literature is rightly regarded as a part of our scientific and technological heritage, but patents have made an equally important, and almost entirely unheralded, contribution to American arts – a rich, artistic body of patent drawings with its own unique visual language. Read more…

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Jul
2014

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By Andrew McAleavey

Alice, not Wonderland

On 03, Jul 2014 | In Uncategorized | By Andrew McAleavey

Samuel F. B. Morse was being a greedy bastard:

Eighth. I do not propose to limit myself to the specific machinery or parts of machinery described in the foregoing specification and claims; the essence of my invention being the use of the motive power of the electric or galvanic current, which I call electro-magnetism, however developed for marking or printing intelligible characters, signs, or letters, at any distances, being a new application of that power of which I claim to be the first inventor or discoverer.

The inventor of the telegraph, Morse made an extremely broad claim in his patent, seeking to protect not only the machinery of the telegraph, but the basic principles by which it operated. Read more…