The Importance of Using the Correct Legal Language to Transfer IP Rights

Most individuals have at one point or another signed an employment agreement or outside contractor agreement with respect to his or her employment.  For employees, it commonly is a formality needed for a job. For employers, it is a means of obtaining an employment period, establishing or delineating work policies, and acquiring rights to intellectual property.  However, on the last point, employers must be keenly aware of the language that is used to acquire IP rights, and which rights the employer is interested in acquiring, as Advanced Video discovered.  Read More

Pharmaceutical Patents

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals LLC has been marketing the drug levetiracetam under the name Spirtam®, as an anti-seizure.  What caught my attention was the carrier for the drug, which was printed using an additive manufacturing technique, also known as 3D printing.  This technology has been widely publicized over the last few years, and used to make automotive parts, aerospace parts, firearms, and medical devices, among other products.  Aprecia Pharma’s patented use of 3D printing for pharmaceutical compositions is a first,[1] and allows xenobiotics (drugs) to be made in highly porous matrix that dissolves in the mouth within a mean time of 11 seconds.[2] Read More

Considerations for Patenting an Invention

Many people start the patenting process after having developed an idea into an invention.  However, once the invention is formed, there are many more items to consider, which depend on the inventor’s goals for the invention, such as bringing the invention to market by himself or herself, seeking out investors to bring an invention to market, or seeking someone else to “purchase” the technology.  Ultimately, a patent defines an area of protection, where the owner of a patent can prevent others from making, selling, importing, and offering to sell the invention in the country where the invention is patented. Read More