Patents for a Small Planet

Protecting Innovations in Software, Electrical, Mechanical, and Consumer Arts

Welcome to North Shore Patents

North Shore Patents, P.C. is a virtual IP law firm offering expertise on the protection of inventions in the software, electrical, mechanical, and consumer arts, by leveraging U.S. and foreign intellectual property processes to meet business goals. If you are looking for a law firm in a fancy building who passes their high overhead on to their clients, then we are not the firm for you. We instead spend our time and resources focusing on our clients. Working virtually with innovators throughout the US and abroad, we provide high-quality, common sense, and customized solutions for your IP needs. Effective IP protection does not come from volume; it comes from being smart about what to patent and when. Each client is unique, so we provide a customized IP road map that will support your particular business goals.

Latest News

Inventive Step – “Regarding Patent Application Costs”

Great article on patent application costs by Inventive Step. Here's an excerpt: Read full article There are a large number of inventors and companies out there now that want patent work done as cheaply as possible. Especially since the economy has tanked, many...

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Supreme Court to Hear Patent Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Limelight Networks v. Akamai Techs in the current term.  This case presents the question of whether there can be divided infringement, where multiple entities together infringes a patent but no single entity infringes.  A divided...

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USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot Program

The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on December 14, 2013, has been extended through September 30, 2014. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit...

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USPTO Fee Changes on January 1, 2014

On January 1, 2014, the USPTO will implement some new fees, including some significant fee decreases. Here are some highlights: * Issue fee: from $1,780 to $960 * Reissue fee: from $1,780 to $960 * Design issue fee: from $1020 to $560 * Publication fee: eliminated...

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USPTO Operations During Shutdown

The USPTO posts on its website ( that it will remain open during the government shutdown: "During the general government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee...

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Acting Director Teresa Rea Leaves the USPTO

Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea has announced her intent to leave the agency in the near future. Director Rea joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Director after Sharon Barner stepped down from that position. Rea worked closely with then USPTO Dave Kappos in...

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