Mr. Morehouse spoke on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm) at the INTA Annual Meeting. His presentation was titled Cost-Effective Use of Patents: Protecting Inventions with Smaller Budgets, and is identified in the program brochure as CSA51. He covered the subject matter as it pertains to the United States and Canada.
“For small businesses (and startups in particular), funds for IP protection are limited, and in many cases, patents are not pursued because they are considered too expensive, particularly when compared with trademarks. Additionally, patent law is still strongly influenced by national laws and policies to stimulate innovation, resulting in a system that is far from harmonized. This can make it difficult for practitioners to appreciate what is possible in other countries and regions. After a short overview of the different possibilities, the speakers will discuss (i) how they deal with such clients and (ii) how to identify the options available in the main patenting countries for both domestic and foreign applicants.”
Mr. Morehouse is a partner with Kenealy Vaidya LLP (United States), and will be joined by Marieke Westgeest of Markenizer BV (The Netherlands), and Stephen Yang and Hui Wang both of Chofn Intellectual Property (China).