BioLineRx Issued Notice of Allowance

BioLineRx, a biopharmaceutical development company, announced recently the issuance of a notice of allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for BL-8020, an orally available, interferon-free treatment for hepatitis C (HCV). The patent is valid through at least 2031 and covers the use of BL-8020 for treating HCV-infected patients who are non-responsive to an anti-HCV therapy.

Dr. Kinneret Savitsky, Chief Executive Officer of BioLineRx, stated,

 “…This is an important milestone in the development of this promising drug candidate,”

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver. Transmitted through blood, HCV can go undetected for decades before symptoms start to show. Seventy-five to eighty-five percent of people infected with HCV will develop chronic infection. According to Dr. Savitsky current treatments are not tolerated well by patients and are rather lengthy, creating the need for therapeutics that can increase the efficacy of existing treatments.

BL-8020 is a combination treatment that targets the infected host cells and inhibits HCV induced autophagy in the host. In clinical test BL-8020 showed positive results in its potential to increase the potency of other treatments, thereby, reducing the adverse effects commonly experienced with traditional therapies.

With the issuance of a notice of allowance, BioLineRx has clearly shown the uniqueness of its HCV treatment. Having come near the end of the lengthy patent process and entering the final stages of testing, it may not be long before BL-8020 is common practice for patients with hepatitis C.

If you have a unique idea, one that you believe has the potential to receive a patent contact us and we will do our best to help you every step of the way.

Patent and Trademark illustration – Preventing “Confusingly Similar” Design

When considering patent drawings, technically complex illustrations of intensely intricate products are likely the first thing to spring to mind. And for good reason…there can be many years of expensive research, development and intellectual property valued in millions – or multi-millions – of dollars at stake. It is well-recognized that legal protection comes by thoroughly documenting and establishing critical details of function and purpose and by providing highly detailed renderings within a utility patent application.

Design Patent Drawing

On the surface, trademark and design patent illustrations may appear to provide a much simpler representation – and thus fulfill a less critical purpose – than that required in utility patent drawings, but in actuality their importance cannot be overstated.

Just like utility drawings, the illustrations presented in trademark and design patent applications must also meet stringent USPTO and PTO requirements and work to not only fully represent the product, but highlight important design elements to firmly and legally establish those elements in order to prevent competitors from bringing forth designs considered “confusingly similar” by the average consumer in the marketplace.

A current court case between well-known shoe-maker, Converse, and “fair trade fashion” company, Autonomie Project, shines a spotlight on this very issue.

In an 18-page lawsuit, Converse asserts that Autonomie is selling “confusingly similar” shoes marketed as “Ethletic High Top” and “Low Top” sneakers which infringe protected design and trademark elements contained in Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star shoes:

“…including but not limited to the design of two stripes on a midsole, the design of a toe cap, the design of a multi-layered toe bumper featuring diamonds and line patterns, and the relative position of these elements to each other.”

The legal complaint declares that on Autonomie’s own website, consumers have commented that they are “just copying Converse Chucks style,” that Autonomie itself brags that their products are “the newest incarnation of Converse,” and that the top response they receive from consumers about their product is that “They look like [Converse’s] Chuck Taylor’s.”

Converse further states:

“First introduced around 1917, Converse has spent millions of dollars advertising and promoting shoes bearing the Converse Trade Dress…Converse has sold shoes bearing the Converse Trade Dress throughout the world and in every state of the United States.”

Prior to filing the lawsuit, Converse attempted to stop the alleged “intentional and willful” infringement by presenting Autonomie with a cease and desist letter, but to no avail.

Utility Patent Drawing

A successful product can bring with it the temptation for competitors to try to duplicate that success not through hard work and diligence of their own, but simply by copying and infringing upon another’s rights and thereby reaping undue benefit.

While unscrupulous actions by others cannot always be avoided, patent drawings by top-caliber professional illustrators utilizing state-of-the-art CAD/design software can help discourage those actions and provide legal evidence of ownership and prior use in order to receive injunctive relief, damages and attorney fees, in the event it becomes necessary.

The pros at Inventia Patent would love to help protect your product with high-quality trademark, utility and design patent illustrationscontact us today.

Marketing Your Invention is the Final Step

You have bounced around in your head what you believe will be the next greatest invention known to humanity. You have done a patent search-all is good. You have your design created, attained a patent and finally found a source of funding. With all that done your brainchild should be flying off the shelf, so you think. It is not enough to have invented, people have to know that you have.

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At this stage reaping the benefits of all your hard work is what you are hoping. Inventors must realize at what point their vision goes from a dream to a business. Every business, in order to stir up demand for their product or service, must market themselves. Inventors are no different. Marketing your invention is the final step in achieving the success you desire.

 

With an over five hundred percent increase in patents issued over the last ten years, there is without a doubt a huge amount of new products and processes hitting the market. Marketing is the key to distinguishing one product from another and informing the public that your brainchild is now available.

 

It is also crucial that inventors research their potential market. Who will buy the product? How much will it cost customers to purchase? Who are your potential customers? When marketing your invention these and other questions need to be answered before you can expect to see any demand or interest in your creation.

If you need help with your patent drawings contact Inventia Patent today. If you need assistance in marketing your invention, they have a network of professionals who can help you take your vision from personal dream to a household name.

US Patent Office Requirements for Utility Patent Drawings

When an inventor attempts to get a patent for their invention, there are two different types of patents they can obtain.  A design patent will protect an inventor’s design.  An illustration of its specific external appearance must be provided.  The other is a utility patent and requires a much more detailed drawings be submitted with the patent application.  A utility patent is designed to protect an invention’s function and process.  There are situations where people can obtain both a design and utility patent for a single invention.

 

Utility Patent Drawing

The purpose of utility patent drawings is to accurately depict the invention’s operational process, chemical compounds and more.  Significant aspects of the invention should be shown in the utility patent drawing.  It should show perspective, isometric and sectional views.  Elevational, exploded and other views need to be shown if needed to best describe the invention.

 

The US Patent Office requires the drawings for a utility patent be done in black ink.  A color drawing can be submitted if a utility patent meets the requirements of the US Patent Office for color drawing patent submissions.  A color drawing for a utility patent is usually not allowed with an electronic patent filing.

 

The US Patent Office does requires the utility patent drawings be made on sheets of paper that are a specific size, type and within a specific margin.  The lines used in the utility patent drawing should be dark and of equal thickness.  The numbers and letters should also be drawn in this way.  The drawings must properly represent the patent description.  The paper used for a utility patent drawing must be white, flexible, non-shiny and durable.  Each sheet of paper used for a patent drawing cannot have any folds, cracks or creases in it.

Please contact us if you any questions regarding utility or design patent drawings. We can also help you find a reputable attorney to help you get your patent filed with the USPTO or internationally.

The History of Patent Drawings

The history of patent drawings began when the United States Patent & Trade Office (USPTO) began operating in 1790.  At that time every application for a patent had to have an illustration with it.  This illustration had to provide a visual image concerning the details involved with the operation of the invention.  Since the USPTO opened until now, the quality and details of patent illustrations have changed drastically.

When the USPTO opened its Commissioner could ask any patent applicant for additional drawings and diagrams if he felt the description in the application wasn’t clear.  In a few years the number of patent applications became overwhelming for the office.  There was a time when patents were given by simply submitting an illustration and description as well as paying a fee.

The patent illustrations during the 19th century utilized artistic techniques.  They would have proper shading and provide different textures and perspectives.  Many of the illustrations and drawings during this time provided more detail than was necessary.  Many of these illustrations and drawing were considered impressive pieces of art.

Patent drawings up to the 1940s would have intricate line shading and provide images that showed the most minute detail.  This was a time when great care was taken with patent drawings as a way to protect the invention.

During the 1960s much of the artistic efforts seemed to be replaced with providing drawings and illustrations that were more functional.  The shading decreased and the texture provided was less.  It was a time when sharp and well defined lines were combined to show the invention’s details.

During the 1990s patent illustration was created by computer programs.  This enabled people with little or no skill for drawing or illustration to create patent images.  It’s a time when much of the art was removed from creating patent illustration to save both time and money.

In the 21st century the USPTO lowered its patent drawing requirements.  The focus now seems to be more on the details of the application and less on the drawing.  Most patent attorneys agree that the drawing still plays a major rule in obtaining a patent.  They often recommend the drawing be done by a professional.

Inventors have invested a lot of time and money in their creation.  They will want to have their patent drawings done by people who have the knowledge and experience to meet all the illustration requirement of the USPTO.  Contact us today and learn more.

World Renowned Industrial Designers Gather to Name The 12 Most Iconic Designs of Last 100 Years

A recent article in CNN.com provided some wonderful water cooler talk for the world of industrial design. In it, some of the world’s most renowned industrial designers were asked several questions to pick their brains of the genius that lies within them. Among those questions was to nominate what they thought of as the 12 most iconic designs of the last 100 years. So, the wheel is out. Nonetheless, there were some interesting designs that were nominated. Here’s a synopsis of what they came up with:

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  • Apple Macintosh – Introduced in 1984, it made the world of computing accessible and usable to the ordinary consumer and mere layman.
  • Piaggio’s Vespa – More than just a scooter, this item has become a cultural icon for those who admire its functionality, style, and design.
  • The Escalator – Able to carry more passengers than an elevator, this is a design that may end up being timeless in nature. That is, until we figure out the whole teleportation thing. “Beam me up Scotty…No. Okay, well I’ll just get on the escalator to get to the second floor of the mall for now I guess.”
  • Virgin Galactic Space Plane – The world’s first actual tourist space craft. It’s futurism taken into reality.
  • The AK-47 – The debateable need for stricter gun control laws aside, the design of this weapon remains a modern marvel and is still used on battlefields today.
  • The Floppy disk – Simply put, a lot of storage in a very portable and small design.
  • Apple iPod – The music storage device that literally defined a generation. This is the hereldad second honor on the list for Apple.
  • The Aeron chair – Goodbye stuffy, old, stodgy office chairs and hello to ergonomically comfortable seating. Perfect for those new sixteen hour work days inspired by the global economy!
  • Bang & Olufsen stereo – The minimalist, universal, and usable approach that designers strive for today can all be seen in this device from 1979 that still sets the standards.
  • Airbus A380 – It carries 850 people in the air to virtually wherever they want to go. Deinitely a worthy nomination.
  • Ford Model T – Modern transportation was simply never changed as much by any other single design. The Model T revolutionized the way we live.
  • The Jet engine – What the Model T did for commuters on the ground, the jet engine did for commuters in the air.

Is this list debateable? Sure, especially when you consider the fact that one of these items (the floppy disk), was actually nominated by Yoshiro Nakamatsu, the man who is credited with its invention. Nonetheless, it’s a fun exploration that can lead to many Google searches and Wikipedia references for fun, discussion, and trivia.


Protecting Inventions: How to Find a Good Patent Illustrator

 

A patent is the most important feature of your firm. It is a way through which consumers identify with your organization. As such, you have to be perfect when choosing one. A patent illustrator will help you along the process. According to Front Line, “If you want to be sure you don’t get a drawing rejection a patent illustrator is your best bet before submission.” The importance of such an illustrator is clear but what remains undemystified is how to find a good patent illustrator.

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A good patent illustrator is one who is vast with experience in technical drawings. The patents have to be drawn using state of the art software for precision and further application. See to it that the illustrator has the ability to present the drawings in different formats such as pdf, tiff and jpg. To verify that they are versed in the field, you can request for a portfolio of the previous works they have done.

The other thing you need to ensure is that the illustrator only uses the current technology. The software that they use for the illustrations has to be up to date. It is recommended that it should not be more than four years old. Among the currently used software are Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk’s AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

Do not understate the value of hard copy illustrations. The illustrator you go for should be able to print hard copies of the patent drawings. They must use a laser printers for the job. These printers give a clearer replica of the electronic illustrations.

Be careful not to choose an illustrator who does not major in patents. Bear in mind that not any person that uses CAD is familiar with USPTO rules. These rules keep changing and therefore, if an individual does not specialize in patent illustration, they may not be aware of recently made changes, and this could jeopardize the legality of your patent.

Another obvious but neglected factor is the safety of your equipment and patent. Ensure that the illustrator uses anti virus protection software. With the information being encrypted and protected by a firewall, you will prevent other parties from accessing your patent.

If you mull over the aforementioned factors, you will have the best patent illustrator for the job. This way, you will be able to secure your patent and make the most out of it. Contact us to learn more about patent illustrators.

USPTO Standards For PDF Submissions

Many people these days are finalizing documents in PDF format. This format is a very feature-rich environment and it might be tempting to put on all the “bells and whistles”. However, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has adopted a set of standards to restrict submitted content to what it is prepared to handle. Below are some of the USPTO standards:pdf

Page Size- The size of the pages when printed should be either DIN size A4 (21.0 cm by 29.7 cm) or the standard 8.5 inches by 11 inches (21.6 cm by 27.9 cm). Anything larger than that will be reduced to 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

PDF Version- The PDF document version must conform to Adobe version between 1.1 and 1.6 to accommodate the USPTO reference viewer (Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher). This requirement will be updated as newer versions are released.

Fonts- All fonts used must be embedded. This allows all characters used to travel with the document. Be sure the embedded fonts are licensed and legally embeddable.

Color Text- Use of colored text is inadvisable. Use black text only. Colored text may not convert properly and may become unreadable.

Images- All images should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 300DPI. Images should be saved in a lossless format (such as TIFF, PNG, GIF, or BMP). It is also recommended very strongly that the PDF software doesn’t downsample images, as this could reduce the image quality. No compression should be used for color or grayscale images. It is recommended that bi-tonal (black and white) images be compressed using CCITT Group IV compression.

Layers- All layers should be flattened to ensure that the whole document is available for examination. Layers marked as “invisible” will be lost during processing.

Object Content- Objects that can’t be rendered to a printed page, such as video, sound, etc., are prohibited. Three dimensional models, file attachments, multipage objects, and commenting/reviewing features are likewise prohibited. Dependencies on external files or resources to render an attached image are not permissible.

Security- Encryption and password protection are not allowed. They will not pass validation and will not be submitted. Files submitted through EFS Web are protected by the True Pass security application.

Viruses/Embedded Codes- Files containing executables, worms, viruses, or any potentially malicious content will be immediately deleted.

JobOptions- Most PDF creation tools have a tool that allows the user to set specific options for certain jobs. The JobOptions file can be set to ensure that documents for submission conform to the USPTO’s standards.

File Naming Conventions- File names may not begin with a hyphen (-) or an underscore (_), nor are brackets or commas allowed. It must begin with either a letter or number and must end with the file extension .pdf, .txt, or .zip  (lower-case only). Within the filename underscores and hyphens may be used, but no other symbols are allowed. Also prohibited are the following reserved device names:

  • CON
  • PRN
  • AUX
  • NUI
  • COM (followed by the numbers 1 through 9)
  • LPT (followed by the numbers 1 through 9)
  • CLOCK$

No spaces are allowed in the file name, but they are allowed in your local file path. Finally, file names are limited to 100 characters, including the required file extension.

Further information can be found at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or you can contact us and let us help you through the process.

The USPTO and the Government Shutdown; the Good & the Bad

In light of recent news events, inventors across the country find themselves asking, understandably, just how a government shutdown will affect the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On the one hand, it is a government office. However, as we’ve already seen with in the course of the current government shutdown, some public departments are at least partially funded in ways that exempt them from a total shutdown, such as the postal service.

First, the good news. It appears that the USPTO is very good at putting aside money for “a rainy day”. Thanks to the prior years reserve of fee collections, they have enough money to continue functioning as normal for approximately four weeks. Additionally, they vow to continue comparing their current fee collections with operating expenses in order to determine how much longer they will be able to remain functioning past the initial four week cushion.

Next is the not-so-good news. Those of you requesting paper files may find yourselves with nothing but empty hands. Unfortunately, those files are kept in a federal facility that’s owned and operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). And, as you’ve probably guessed by now, they’re closed.

Now for the bad news. Once the USPTO runs out of the funds provided by fee collections, it will have no choice but to close its doors. However, even in this black cloud there’s a silver lining. A very small staff will remain in order to prevent the loss of valuable intellectual property. Some functions of the USPTO that are considered “necessary” include accepting new applications (yay!), maintaining IT infrastructure, and any other processes needed to preserve patent rights and avoid the disclosure of any information that could actually be detrimental to national security.

Although we may not be able to visit our favorite national monuments, and our mailboxes may be absent of anything from the IRS, we can certainly be sure that our U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is truly doing everything that they can to provide all that they are able. So, even during a government shutdown, inventors have every reason to remain hard at work, bringing into reality the ideas that will shape our future, something no government can shut down.

Contact us, your go-to source for navigating the patent process, for the latest USPTO news that affects you.

Software Helps Innovators Mine the USPTO, Connect Ideas for New Inventions

Though the awarding of patents depends upon discoveries that are novel “to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which said subject matter pertains,” the truth is that virtually no invention comes out of a total vacuum.

With the sheer amount of innovation that has occurred in the last half century, and with the United States Patent Office (USPTO) having awarded over 8 million patents, true breakthroughs almost always occur through the synergy of one or more existing inventions.

We could argue that the trait that separates inventors from everyone else is to be able to make the connections between a current problem and existing solutions, even if those solutions are from a seemingly unrelated field of knowledge. According to Tom McCaffery, an innovation researcher, we no longer have to rely on this rare talent alone for our novel inventions – we can get a boost through mining the USPTO and other invention databases.

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, McCaffery has given key examples of the “analogous solution.” For instance, to stop skiers from losing control at high speeds, a company fitted metal grids into its ski designs – a feature used to stabilize violin vibrations. Furthermore, a company working on carbon filters adopted the mechanisms for carbon dioxide removal that occur in the human bloodstream.

Research on topics such as this lead to the creation of a software platform called Analogy Finder. The service allows inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers to churn through the 7 million USPTO patents that have been digitized with the goal of finding such analogous solutions. For instance, the key terms “remove carbon” could very easily have connected medical device patents to smokestack filters.

Of course, idea generation is just the first part of seeing a patent through to completion. We may consider viability of a solution to be the most crucial factor, but after committing to an idea there will be long work ahead in securing finances, design, refinement, testing, legal research, and the entire patent office process.