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No one wants their patent application to be rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, patent application rejections are extremely common, with the overwhelming majority of patent applications being rejected at least once. While a rejection is certainly a bump in the road, it is not the end of the story. If your patent application has been rejected by the USPTO, an Alabama patent attorney can help you overcome it. 


Once the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants a patent, the patent owner can then rest assured that his or her patent rights are safe, barring any challenges that arise in patent litigation, right? While that may seem like a logical assumption, it is not correct. In 2011, the America Invents Act created new procedures called “post-grant proceedings” that allowed members of the public to challenge the validity of issued patents, the most popular of which is known as inter partes review (IPR). While post-grant proceedings are complex, an Alabama patent litigation attorney can help you make sense of them and decide whether you should use them. 


7 Key Patent License Terms

Thu Mar 17th, 2022 by  Patents

Patent license agreements allow companies to monetize their innovations without (or in addition to) developing their own products and services. These agreements have several key terms, and companies must ensure that their patent licenses contain appropriate restrictions and protections. If a license agreement doesn’t contain the necessary restrictions and protections, not only could this reduce the value of the license for the licensor, but it could potentially lead to the loss of the licensor’s exclusive patent rights as well.


Patent protection affords startups the opportunity to protect their inventions and capitalize on the exclusivity this protection affords. But, securing patent protection isn’t easy, and startups can easily lose their monetization potential if they aren’t careful. With this in mind, here are five essential tips for startups from Alabama patent attorney Hunter Adams: