IP: Strategic use of printed publications for intellectual property protection

If used correctly, printed documents can preclude competitors’ patent applications

To develop a comprehensive IP strategy, a company or IP attorney should ask some basic questions about the company’s goals.

  • Do you want to stop competitors’ patents from issuing?
  • Do you want to create licensing and sales opportunities?
  • Do you want to stop or facilitate litigation?
  • Do you want to shore up your patent portfolio without spending your entire patent budget?
  • Is it a combination of some or all of the above?

One underused route to any good IP strategy that addresses each of these questions is the strategic use of printed publications.

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Sandra P. Thompson

Sandra P. Thompson, J.D., Ph.D., is a shareholder in the Orange County office of Buchalter Nemer. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, specifically, patents and...

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