The New Tech Patenting Paradigm — Unmasked

Law360, New York (August 7, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT) -- Alan Minsk, a patent attorney at Lane Powell in Seattle,[1] authored a recent article in Forbes titled "Old Model: Patents Protect Products. New Model: Patents Themselves are Products."[2] Minsk, an accomplished and thoughtful attorney, describes the recent evolution of patenting in the tech sector. He begins with the “Old Model:”

Initially, patents were used to protect a specific implementation of an invention that was a feature of a new product, a method of making the product, or a new service. This was a way of capturing...
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