Deepak Malhotra, JD, BSEE
Inventor and US Patent Attorney
Are you looking for a partner to help protect your ideas?
Let me introduce myself. I am Deepak Malhotra. I have over 20 years experience in patent preparation and prosecution, and have successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent applications to allowance. Importantly, I am dedicated to strong customer service. That’s not something you experience much in the legal world – but I believe you deserve timeliness as well as quality.
In the language of the statute, any person who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvements thereof, may obtain a patent,” subject to the conditions and requirements of the law. These classes of subject matter taken together include practically everything made by man and the processes for making them.
The primary function of a trademark is to indicate origin. However, trademarks also serve to guarantee the quality of the goods or services and, through advertising, serve to create and maintain demand. Rights in a trademark are acquired by use or applying for a federal trademark registration before use.
Business Method Patent Considerations
Attitudes towards business method patents have swung back and forth like a pendulum but recently the Supreme Court has refused to deem business methods patent ineligible. Business methods are generally eligible for patent protection if they meet a “machine or transformation” test. Many inventions that are thought to be business method inventions are really what I consider to be software inventions.
Like it or not, software patents are here to stay! Instead of hoping that they go away, your best defense against future potential infringement threats by others is to have an arsenal of your own. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a case known as Bilski v. Kappos, held that the concept of hedging, described in Bilski’s claim 1 and reduced to a mathematical formula in claim 4, is an unpatentable abstract idea. So what types of software inventions are patent-eligible?
How to Protect Phone Apps
Are you a smart phone app developer? If so, you will want to know what forms of intellectual property are available for protecting smart phone apps.
Provisional Patent Applications
The United States has a form of patent application called a Provisional Patent Application. Some people feel that these are an easy and inexpensive way to obtain a filing date and some patent rights, but they are usually unaware of the risks and downside.
Important Changes to U.S. Patent Law: America Invents Act (AIA)
The United States has switched from a First-to-Invent system to a First-to-File system. That makes it important to file patent applications sooner rather than later.
Latest blog posts
Amdoc sued Openet over four patents directed to solving accounting and billing problems faced by network service providers. The district court held that the patents were directed to patent-ineligible abstract…
It is bad enough that the Supreme Court doesn’t know what it is doing when it comes to software patents. In Alice v CLS, they considered a financial patent that…
McRo, Inc., dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America, post-Alice decision finding computer-implemented invention patentable, Federal Circuit 2016
This was an appeal from a grant of judgment on the pleadings that the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,307,576 (‘‘the ’576 patent’’) and 6,611,278 (‘‘the ’278 patent’’) are…
BASCOM Global Internet Services v AT&T Mobility, post-Alice decision finding computer-implemented invention patentable, Federal Circuit 2016
This was an appeal against a district court decision that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,606 are invalid as a matter of law under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The…
TLI Communications hold U.S. Patent No. 6,038,295 relating to a method and system for taking, transmitting, and organizing digital images. The patent relates generally to an apparatus for recording of…
The chart below shows the pendency timing for issued US patents — looking particularly at the time from priority filing (including foreign priority claims) until issuance of the US patent. To smooth the chart a bit, I excluded the 0.2% of patents with the longest patent term — these were all > 20 year terms and had […]
If I were preparing to file a design patent around early May 2015, I might have held-off a bit on the filing to pass the May 13, 2015 threshold. Design patents stemming from applications filed on or after that date have a 15-year patent term (calculated from patent issuance) as opposed to a 14-year term for those […]
by Dennis Crouch Prof. Hricik and I have both previously written about the Regeneron inequitable conduct decision. The following short summary comes from Hricik: [The] district court … held that people substantively involved in prosecution of the ‘018 Patent knew of but-for material references, which were not disclosed. Although the district court had intended to hold […]
Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corp (Fed. Cir. 2017) After being sued for infringing Fast Felt’s U.S. Patent No. 8,137,757, Owens Corning retaliated with a petition for inter partes review. Although the PTO instituted the IPR, the PTAB eventually determined that the claims were not obvious — i.e., that “Owens Corning had failed to show obviousness of […]
Are you Pat-Informed? A new joint initiative of the research-based biopharmaceutical industry and WIPO wants you to be.
Guest post by Corey Salsberg, Vice President, Global Head IP Affairs, Novartis The patent system depends on information to achieve its goal of promoting progress. Published information defines the prior art. Patents must disclose sufficient information to describe an invention and enable others to practice it. And applications containing this information are published after 18 […]
Software Patent Lawyer, and Business Method Patent Attorney
Deepak Malhotra, JD, BSEE has worked extensively with various technologies including software, RF communications, sensors, smart cards, ESD protection, tape drivers, servo systems, printers, static memory cells, dynamic memory cells, database, publishing systems, virtual reality, wafer production methods, wafer polishing, antenna diversity systems, RF collision arbitration systems, marketing systems, electron multipliers, microwave electronics, digital clock recovery loops, secure network authentication systems, user interfaces, and more. Malhotra Law Firm, PLLC is minority certified patent law firm, certified by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council.
Deepak has experience in:
- Protecting mechanical inventions
- Venture-capital funded start ups & Fortune 500 companies
- Securing foreign companies and law firms intellectual property protection in the U.S.
- Software related inventions, software and business method patents
- International protection of inventions
While one of only three Electrical Engineer attorneys at his previous firm, the firm was ranked #2 in the U.S. for quality of Electrical Patents by PatentRatings, LLC. He has developed relationships with litigators and have assisted clients with aggressive enforcement of intellectual property. Software patents, business method patents, electrical patents, and mechanical patents are his specialty.
Deepak Malhotra Is Not Just A Patent Attorney,
He Is An Inventor Too, With Two U.S. Patents In His Name.