2021 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW Q&A


Virginia Small business


VanBergen

Peter J. Van Bergen

Patent Legal professional, Williamsburg

Title: Owner 

Schooling: Bachelor’s diploma, Bucknell University law degree, William & Mary
Faculty of Regulation

Husband or wife: Jamie

Kids: We elevated our 3 excellent kids (Elizabeth, Luke and John) in Williamsburg.

Hobbies: Swimming, biking, jogging, kayaking, triathlon, reading 

Job mentors: David Blumenthal

What is the greatest present-day challenge for guarding mental home? Attempting to determine out if and how you can get utility patent protection to “work” for software program-based inventions, specified the Patent Office’s tedious “subject matter eligibility” requirements. While you can usually utilize other forms of IP protections for computer software, there is usually a good deal of creative imagination in software package that can and should really be rewarded with utility patent protection. The trick is to craft a patent software that captures the client’s creativeness in a structure that satisfies the Patent Office’s matter issue eligibility requirements.

What spots of technologies are most common for patents these times? All systems are perfectly-represented in patents currently. I am presently supporting customers protect inventions ranging from easy and intelligent consumer merchandise to advanced artificial intelligence programs. Creative imagination happens at all stages of complexity.

You’re also an inventor. What did you invent? In the early to mid-’90s, I invented and patented a fingerless mitten (Patent No. 5,172,427) and marketed it under the trademark “S’warms.” I came up with the plan when out on a cold early morning operate. It was a incredibly simple solution that used 4 kinds of IP (patent, trademark, copyright and trade solution). I appeared on QVC for a number of seasons and accredited the patent/trademark out to a golf goods maker for the golfing sector. I nevertheless use that experience as a training device for new clients.



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