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Patents are Going Paperless

April 12, 2023   |   By: Anna Kinney   USPTO Transitions From Hardcopy Patents   Inventors prize their bound hardcopy patents for both sentimental reasons and because the hardcopy can be useful in negotiation. The USPTO only issues one original “Letters Patent.” If a patent is lost or destroyed, the best the owner can do is… Continue reading Patents are Going Paperless

The Role of Patents in Prescription Drugs

By: Anna Kinney  [9/22/22] Americans spend on average about $1,300 per person per year on prescription drugs, which represents only about 13.3% of the total paid-for drugs in the US. Private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid pay another 81.8%. These costs are higher in the US than in the rest of the world and the prices… Continue reading The Role of Patents in Prescription Drugs

Changes in European Patent Law May Save You Money

By: Anna Kinney   [6/10/22] Patent protection in the European Union (EU) is expensive. An applicant may file a patent application in an individual country, but it is generally more efficient to file through the European Patent Office (EPO) when the applicant wants patent protection in multiple EU countries. The applicant must pay annual renewal… Continue reading Changes in European Patent Law May Save You Money

Why Diversity in Patenting Should Increase

By: Anna Kinney  [4/26/22] Innovation has been valued throughout the history of the United States. In fact, it was so important that Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution gave Congress the power “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right… Continue reading Why Diversity in Patenting Should Increase

What to Know About a Patent

By: Anna Kinney  [4/22/22] The general public has very little exposure to patents. Perhaps you’ve seen a patent number listed on a product. Maybe you like to watch shows like “Shark Tank,” or you’ve seen patents play a role in a movie such as “Inspector Gadget.” The US government performs a service, examining patent applications… Continue reading What to Know About a Patent

Foreign Filing for Patents

By: Anna Kinney [4/1/22] Many people applying for a patent in the United States only consider filing in other countries as an afterthought. You should consider whether you want to file in foreign countries before filing a nonprovisional application in the US. If you wait too long, you may lose priority to your earliest filing… Continue reading Foreign Filing for Patents

Is the Legal Tide Ebbing on Abstract Idea Rejections?

By: Anna Kinney   [3/25/22] Applicants for a new United States (US) nonprovisional application or National Stage Entry application may see a new form paragraph in their first Office Action between now and the end of July. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has initiated a new invitation-only pilot program to address subject matter eligibility rejections… Continue reading Is the Legal Tide Ebbing on Abstract Idea Rejections?

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As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.