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Big News for Suiter Swantz IP

    Patent attorneys Chad W. Swantz, Scot M. Ringenberg and Matthew A. Poulsen have joined founder Sean Patrick Suiter as co-owners of Suiter Swantz IP. Suiter Swantz, an Intellectual Property Law firm, was established over two decades ago. The Firm advises a diverse set of clients on patent, trademark and copyright matters. Suiter Swantz […]

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New Study from Harvard and Stern Business School Affirms the Value of Patents for Startups

Inquisitor – A new study of patents and their effects on business claims that the U.S. patent system has significant benefits for start-up businesses. “The Bright Side of Patents” by Joan Farre-Mensa of Harvard Business School, Deepak Hegde, and Alexander Ljungqvist of New York University’s Stern School of Business found that the employment and sales […]

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Star Wars Week in Patents

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here are some fun Star Wars related patents.  

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4 Intellectual Property Myths That You Should Avoid

Entrepreneur – You have a great idea and you want to protect it. But keeping your work safe means understanding the limits of the safeguards available. Here are some common myths about intellectual property that can help you plan accordingly.

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What Good is a Patent if You Can’t Enforce It?

Entrepreneur – With such a tiny proportion of patents enforced in court, why should entrepreneurs even bother patenting? But, in fact, for startups, the reasons to acquire patents have little to do with enforcement. Rather, patents play a critical role in signifying the ownership of something proprietary. It is this factor that helps startups secure capital […]

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How to Protect your Business from Intellectual Property Theft

Disclosing business plans, pitching new ideas and proposing new designs are well-trodden routes for startups and small businesses to encourage a new client to buy and an investor to invest, but they come with a constant risk of IP (intellectual property) infringement.

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What’s Your Innovation IP Strategy?

Innovation Excellence – The fact that is, like many companies, his team had always viewed IP protection as an event, as opposed to being part of the innovation process itself.

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Legal Tech From In The House

Forbes – Ask people about their opinions on lawyers, and they all have something to say. Believe it or not, but feedback on in-house counsel outpaces even that of the practicing attorney.

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Patents fuel the American Dream

Inside Counsel – It has been said time and again that America is the land of opportunity, and there’s a reason for that: patents.

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Why America’s Patent System is Not Killing Innovation

Fortune – U.S. laws over intellectual property give companies the incentive to invest billions in research and development of new products and services.

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Matthew Poulsen to discuss Patent Law at SDSU 1-27-16

Our own Matthew Poulsen will be discussing Patent Law at South Dakota State University, Wednesday, the 27th at 1:00pm.

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CLE by Chad Swantz: Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts 1/14/16

Our own Chad Swantz will be speaking with Tyson Benson about Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts Thursday, January 14, at the Roman Hruska law Center in Lincoln.  Please see below for more information. Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts Thursday, January 14, 2016 • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST Roman Hruska Law Center – 635 […]

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Diaper Drive 2015 Results

Thanks to everyone, this year, we were able to donate 2,195 diapers to the women and children of the Lydia House. Way to go!  

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Diaper Drive 2015

We are excited to be helping the women and children of the Lydia House by donating diapers this holiday season. If you want to help and donate, drop off your diapers today, our last day to collect will be December 18, 2015.

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Matt Poulsen – Intellectual Property Law for Startups at Southeast Community College

Our own Matt Poulsen will be speaking at Lincoln’s Southeast Community College, Thursday October 22, 10:00 am, about Intellectual Property Law for Startups. For Directions please click here.

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Silicon Prairie Awards

Join leaders of startup communities from across the region to celebrate the growth and success of the past year. Lincoln, a city that serves as a prime example of a thriving and supportive community, will host the fourth annual celebration. Twelve companies and individuals will be recognized for their outstanding products, excellent service, and selfless contributions […]

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Lincoln Startup Week 9/28-10/3

Wednesday, September 30, our Matt Poulsen and Patti Vannoy of Mattson Ricketts Law Firm will talk startup law and intellectual property (IP) law to protect your ideas and products, including patent, trademark and copyright protection. Also, about how to set your business up for success in the long-term and protect your business and yourself from […]

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Straight Shot Demo Day

Come join Matt Poulsen, Chad Swantz, Scot Ringenberg, and Shane Thielen, Thursday September 10th, 6pm at Aksarben Cinema for the Straight Shot’s Demo Day where Straight Shot will be launching seven more great companies through their 90-day accelerator. 

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Silicon Prairie Awards 2015

We are proud to announce that our own Matt Poulsen has been nominated for Service Provider of the Year.  Please come support him and other great candidates October 1st from 6-10pm at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln. 

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Straight Shot 2015 Kickoff

Join our own Matt Poulsen, Chad Swantz, and Shane Thielen, June 11 at 5 p.m., at The Exchange Building (1905 Harney) to help celebrate and welcome this new class of startups at the Straight Shot 2015 Kickoff. Click here to learn more.  

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Patent of the Day: Calculator

On this day in 1850 the patent for Calculator was granted. U.S. Patent No. 7,074.

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Patent of the Day: Weed Mowing Hand Car

On this day in 1890 Patrick Nacey was granted the patent for Weed Mowing Hand Car. U.S. Patent No. 420,825.      

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Patent of the Day: Military Bicycle

On this day in 1896 Thomas V. Handloser was granted the patent for Military Bicycle. U.S. Patent No. 553,614.      

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Patent of the Day: Electric Lamp

On this day in 1880 Thomas Edison was granted the patent for his Electric Lamp. U.S. Patent No. 223,898.

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Patent of the Day: Blow Testing Apparatus

On this day in 1904 the patent for Blow Testing Apparatus was granted. U.S. Patent No. 750,593. The object of this invention is to provide an apparatus for testing the punching or hitting power of the arm.

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Patent of the Day: Calling Device for Telephone-Exchanges

On this day in 1898 the patent for Calling Device for Telephone-Exchanges was granted. U.S. Patent No. 597,062.    

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Patent of the Day: Breech Mechanism for Guns

On this day in 1896 the patent for Breech Mechanism for Guns was granted. U. S. Patent No. 552,560.

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Patent of the Day: Decoy Duck

On this day in 1903 the patent for Decoy Duck was granted. U.S. Patent No. 717,790.    

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Patent of the Day: Combined Toboggan and Sled

On this day in 1926, the patent for Combined Toboggan and Sled was granted. U.S. Patent No. 1,568,493.  

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Patent of the Day: Bill Holder

On this day in 1919 the patent for Bill Holder was granted. U.S. Patent No. 1,326,602.      

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Patent Policy and the Promotion of Job Growth

By: Chad Swantz Patents stifle innovation. Patent trolls are the modern day robber barons. All patents are acquired by large corporations who operate to destroy small businesses. These statements reflect the views of many individuals regarding patents and patent owners. Whether you agree or disagree with these statements, I have no intention to change your […]

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Deck the Halls with IP Knowledge

By: Emily Benke It’s that time of year again, Christmas, a time where families gather to celebrate with gifts, giving and food. But what would Christmas be without all the traditions that accompany it. Some of the most beloved stories and traditions that we associate with Christmas are patented, trademarked and copyrighted. One tradition people […]

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The Fallout of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

By: Dallin Call On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court decided that a district court’s factual findings would receive an added degree of deference. Rather than be treated under de novo review, the Supreme Court held that factual findings made by a district court in determining claim construction will be reviewed under a clear error […]

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A Closer Look into Patents and Non-Practicing Entities

By Shane R. Thielen Due in large part to serious misunderstandings of the law and a concerted effort by potential licensees who believe vilifying patent holders to be a cheaper alternative, the very concept of patents has taken a beating in the public consciousness. Conceptually, a patent is intended to incentivize research and development by […]

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