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.

Deepak Malhotra, JD, BSEE

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Patents

Patents

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.

Trademarks

Trademarks

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

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.

Software Patents

Software Patents

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?

Challenging Business Method Patents

Challenging Business Method Patents

The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new special transitional procedure for challenging business method patents, which are apparently considered to be more suspect than other patents. The procedure is called the Covered Business Method review procedure. An issued business method patent, that has gone through a complete review by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and that has been allowed by an examiner, and litigated in court, can be reviewed again by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under this procedure if it is a covered business method patent.

How to Protect Phone Apps

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.

Why Non-U.S. Software Developers Should File U.S. Patent Applications

Why Non-U.S. Software Developers Should File U.S. Patent Applications

I recommend that companies in the UK, China, Japan, Brazil, and India, and elsewhere routinely file software patent applications and business method patent applications in the USA.

Provisional Patent Applications

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)

Important Changes to U.S. Patent Law: America Invents Act (AIA)

The new first-to-file system takes effect for patent applications filed March 16 and thereafter. If claiming priority to an application filed before March 16, take care not to claim any new matter or you will be in the new system.

Latest blog posts

Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corp., Trend Micro Incorporated, Bipolar Federal Circuit 2016
3 October 2016
By Deepak Malhotra

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…

McRo, Inc., dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America, post-Alice decision finding computer-implemented invention patentable, Federal Circuit 2016
22 September 2016
By Deepak Malhotra

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…

BASCOM Global Internet Services v AT&T Mobility, post-Alice decision finding computer-implemented invention patentable, Federal Circuit 2016
20 September 2016
By Deepak Malhotra

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…

Latest News

Celgard: Important Challenge to the Federal Circuit’s Pervasive No-Opinion Judgments
26 June 2017 | 9:00 am

By Dennis Crouch In re Celgard (Supreme Court 2017) [2017-6-19 Celgard Cert Petition] In what looks like a well-postured case, Celgard LLC has asked the Supreme Court to consider several questions stemming from the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) decision that the claims of the company’s U.S. Patent No. 6,432,586 are invalid as obvious.  […]

Licensing matchmaking: the allure of reputation and organizational capital
20 June 2017 | 8:34 pm

Guest post by Ian McCarthy and Karen Ruckman, both from the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. This is based on the research article: Why do some patents get licensed while others do not? If the deluge of reality television shows about the subject is any indicator, the public has an ongoing fascination with […]

Matal v Tam: Only I Can Disparage You!
19 June 2017 | 3:09 pm

The Supreme Court has affirmed that Trademark law’s restriction on registration of disparaging marks violates the free speech provision of the US Constitution. Read it: 15-1293_1o13 Although the court’s logic is largely incomprehensible, the result is simple: the PTO will begin allowing registration of disparaging marks and will not cancel Registered marks because they are disparaging. […]

Software Patent Lawyer, and Business Method Patent Attorney

Deepak Malhotra, JD, BSEE resolves business method patent litigation: he 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, and digital clock recovery loops.

Top Patent Prosecutor

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.