Applied Knowledge

Patent Legal Status Calculations

Overview The Lens provides Legal Status information for Patents. This information is important to determine whether: examination of a patent application is still pending, the application has been withdrawn or was rejected, patent has been granted and is still valid,…

IP Policies, Practices and Implications

In this section we present discussions on some general and specific implications of patent policies and practices. The impact of intellectual property policies and patent and plant variety law on research, development, and trade is fraught with confusion and uncertainty….

Do Patents Incentivise Innovation?

The patent system can serve as an incentive for innovation, but it doesn’t exist simply to reward innovators.  Indeed, it explicitly does not reward all types of innovation. The central purpose of the patent system is to encourage public disclosure of new…

Patent Pending as a Marketing Tool

In the USA and some other countries, the assignees of a patent may have rights to require a license and obtain payment or other considerations for use of technology described in a pending patent application.  Thus, partnering and sales decisions…