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As the smartphone wars reheat, the threat of chilling innovation looms

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For many decades, the U.S. patent system has carried a reputation as a global benchmark of prestige and technological success.

Our intellectual property protections provide economic security by safeguarding investments from the proof of concept phase forward, sometimes leading to ground-breaking innovation.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office PTO has been working hard to ensure our intellectual property IP system operates toward a 21st century agile model, following and leading into the enactment of the American Invents Act AIA .

When design patent protections were first devised, more than 100 years ago, they were typically issued to protect entire objects or products from copying, wherein copyright law was not applicable, as utilitarian functionality is a premise for protection.

RPI licensed its utility patent for user interfaces that recognize natural language to a company called Dynamic Advances, which some consider to be a troll.

The ambiguity for design patent infringement remedies can also impact innovators ability to secure funding for research and development that s often necessary to potentially offer the next big thing or become the next American success story, like Facebook, Uber or Donald J. Trump Collection clothing — all of which contribute to the economy and provide thousands of jobs to Americans, or the Chinese in the Trump example.

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