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Patent Pollution: Clearing the Patent Landscape and Protecting Innovation

  • 05.12.09
  • David K.S. Cornwell & Graham C. Phero
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

This article gives innovative companies the tools they need to navigate through a difficultpatent landscape.  It explores the steps that all emerging companies must take in order to benefit from the current economic crisis and to avoid the kind of patent problems that have plagued and ultimately destroyed many new companies, including the following:

  • Taking advantage of Expired Patents 
  • Leveraging the ideas found in International Patents
  • Finding Licensing Opportunities of U.S. Patents
  • Clearing Products and Designing Around Unexpired U.S. Patents
  • Procuring Patents for Core Technologies
  • Obtaining Patents for Revolutionary Ideas 
  • Obtaining Patents for Evolutionary Ideas
  • Using Special Provisions of the Patent Rules

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