• Maintaining Effective Patent Portfolios in the Biodiesel Industry
  • March 2, 2017 | Author: Benjamin C. Spehlmann
  • Law Firm: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office
  • Breakthrough technologies with promising commercial potential must be patent protected using a comprehensive and robust approach. Often, multiple patent families, each based on certain inventive aspects of the technology that are described in a single patent application, are pursued by filing corresponding family member patent applications in countries of greatest strategic interest. The total number of patent applications and patents in a technology portfolio, essentially the product of the number of families and number of countries for each family, can easily grow into the hundreds.