New Technology and Inventions in the Market

New Technology and Inventions in the Market

At Corridor Law Group, we're excited and proud when our clients' new technology and products successfully break into the market with help from our patent strategies. It’s our business and our passion; it’s what we work hard to achieve for our clients.

Lately, we’ve been reading about and reviewing some of the technologies that have emerged over the past year and thought it would be worth highlighting a couple that we thought were pretty impressive.

One we came across was Armortech, and their Force Field Technology. They've developed technology that protects smart phone screens that are able to take quite the punishment. The technology is in the form of a screen shield that has been rigorously lab and field tested to withstand: a power drill, a hammer and crowbar, high pressure pellets, razor blades, and cinder block drops. Check out their demo here, it says it all.

 

Patented technology at work! Nice job Armortech.

Another pretty cool product comes from Powerbright. They’ve developed a power inverter that turns your car’s 12V cigarette lighter into an active AC wall outlet and USB port. It can power up to four devices at once and fits securely into most cup holders. This noiseless little product has three USB ports that are iPad/iPhone compatible and one wall outlet.

Powerbright designs and manufactures their products at its own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China. Keeping their design and manufacturing in their own plant allows for stringent testing and allows the company to maintain very high quality products. Check out more of their products at www.powerbright.com, pretty impressive stuff.

When innovative products become commercially viable, the patents that protect products' unique features, and the technology that makes them unique, should be rock solid.

At Corridor Law Group, we help investors, inventors and companies protect their intellectual property and help guide their products to becoming profitable. We also enjoy reviewing the latest inventions and how patents play an integral role in bringing products to market. We will continue to highlight more inventions, old and new, in future posts—please check back with us soon. For more information getting a patent application process started, please call us for a free, 20-minute phone consultation with an experienced patent attorney. Just visit this page.
 

Defensive Patent Portfolio Strategies

Defensive Patent Portfolio Strategies

Most technology developers think of patents as offensive tools, meant to prevent competitors from knocking off their innovations. Patents can also serve as defensive tools, especially when the innovation you’ve developed is useful, but turns out not to be the best for your company’s product line. Securing protection for alternative ways of carrying out your improvements can be worthwhile, particularly when they leave your competitors with fewer design-around options.

Cover as many alternative ways of carrying out your improvement as possible to achieve the protection that will block your competitors from deriving benefits from your innovative concepts.

First and foremost, patent portfolio strategies should focus on patents that will cover innovations that become incorporated in products that wind up being sold. But alternative embodiments of those innovations can find their way into competitors’ products. For example, your particular innovation might provide the “best” way of carrying out a function, but a competitor could still use your information in a less preferred but “good enough” way to improve their product to better compete with yours. Your patent strategy should therefore seek to cover as many alternative ways of carrying out your improvement as possible to achieve the protection that will block your competitors from deriving benefits from your innovative concepts.

A defensive patent strategy also involves recognizing the geographic limitations of patent protection. Patents are only enforceable in the jurisdictions in which they’re granted. So a company’s approach to foreign patent protection should consider how and to what extent foreign competitors could design around the company’s principal commercial embodiment. If viable alternatives exist, then defensive patent protection for them should be considered as well.

The attorneys at Corridor Law Group have been assisting technology companies and innovators for many years in formulating offensive and defensive patent strategies. They equip their clients with the U.S. and foreign protection that will ward off competitors in their most important markets.

Contact us for a free 20-minute consultation, to learn more about how to secure protection for your patents or ideas, anytime.

Building Patent Portfolios for Valuable Technology

Building Patent Portfolios for Valuable Technology

Building a solid portfolio of patents is the most effective tool for protecting your company’s core technology. In fact, a solid patent portfolio essentially defines who you are, since your company’s patents tell the world how much you value your core technology. Your company’s patents also tell the world how determined you are to protect your company’s most important assets.

There are various strategies a company can employ to build an arsenal of patents around your core technologies. These tactics generally fall into three categories:

  • Patent everything
  • Patent core technology and hold everything else as know-how
  • Patent core technology/disclose non-core technology

The “patent everything” approach involves patenting all aspects of an innovation and its uses. Under this approach, multiple patent applications are filed, even for technological concepts that have not yet shown their full commercial potential, in order to obtain an overall blanket of protection. Not surprisingly, the “patent everything” approach is an expensive way to assure that something that could eventually be valuable to the company hasn’t been overlooked.

The “patent core technology/hold everything else as know-how” approach involves filing patent applications only for specific aspects of the company’s technology that can easily be revealed through reverse engineering. This approach carries substantial risks. A competitor may independently discover the same know-how, patent it, and preclude the company from freely using that know-how in its business. Moreover, a mobile workforce carries the risk that at least some employees will leave the company and take the acquired know-how with them to their next employer.

The “patent core technology/disclose non-core technology” approach is a balanced strategy that focuses aggressive protection on core technology through broadly written patent applications, but permits non-core technology to go into the public domain. This focused approach minimizes patenting costs, but only works where an accurate and insightful vetting process is used to identify what technology is core and what is not.

The attorneys at Corridor Law Group have decades of experience in helping companies and inventors to identify the aspects of their core technology that are worth patenting. Conversely, they also help companies decide which aspects of their technology are not likely to become commercially viable and when patent protection should not be pursued. Once the technology is identified as worthy of patenting, Corridor Law Group attorneys craft patent applications that get results, both from the Patent Office and from the key players in your industry that care about those patents.