Schott PC · Idea Law

Building a better world, one idea at a time


The path to creating value from your invention starts with getting a patent.


Copyrights protect your original works of authorship and artistic expression.


A trademark identifies and distinguishes the source if your goods from others' goods.

Liscenses | Assignments

Licenses and assignments are the legal contracts commonly used to grant intellectual property rights (patent, copyright, trademark) to others.


Once you determine that litigation is your only option, either as plaintiff or defendant, you will need someone to guide you through the process.

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If you own IP, you can develop a strategy for building value from your IP.

Our Mission

Our goal is simple: Make the world a better place, one idea at a time. We achieve that goal by working with inventors and creative people to help them protect, share, license, develop, and sell their ideas though the application of idea law, which is intellectual property law that focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Latest from the IdeaESQ Blog

PA Bar: Removing the Exclusivity of "Patent Attorney"

By Stephen B. Schott The Pennsylvania Bar Association, following the American Bar Association’s adoption of new Model Rules in August 2018 (deleting earlier Rule 7.4) and  seeking to conform Pennsylvania’s Rules to follow the ABA, has proposed eliminating the exclusivity of the term “patent attorney.” Currently, a “patent attorney” in Pennsylvania is exclusively limited to attorneys registered to practice before the

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US Patent and Trademark Office revises guidance for determining subject matter eligibility

By Stephen B. Schott To start the new year, Director Iancu and the US Patent and Trademark Office continue what most people see as an acceleration of the pendulum towards a broader, and hopefully clearer, definition of patentable subject matter eligibility. The new Section 101 guidelines “aim to improve the clarity, consistency, and predictability of actions across the USPTO,” according to

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A Renewed Call: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule for Patent Claims

By Stephen B. Schott Like all elementary school graduates, I learned that a single sentence should be short. One source suggests that a well-written work should average 20 to 25 word sentences.[1] With that as the guide, sentences averaging 50 words would raise the ire of a 3rd grade teacher. Those averaging 100 words would drive a sane person mad.

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Where do ideas come from?

From nothing came Let It Be, Starry Night, calculus, East of Eden, Star Wars, the Taj Mahal, Oreos, the Internet. Somehow we look into the grey unformed nothingness clay in our heads–and we create. No one can explain how we do it–what makes this mundane sentence that I’m writing even possible–and yet we have been doing it for a long

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Patent Damages for Infringing Acts Outside of the US

One of the bedrock principles of patent law is that it only applies territorially: A US patent holder cannot sue for infringing acts in Nepal. But there are some grey areas. Specifically, US laws provide that a party can be liable for patent infringement where they make components in the US for assembly outside the US: (1) Whoever without authority

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New USPTO Director Andrei Iancu's Pro-innovation Remarks

Following the last several years where Congress, the courts, and even the former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director were accused of being anti-innovation, the new director Andrei Iancu delivered these pointedly pro-innovation remarks yesterday. Innovators should applaud what some believe is an overdue return of a painful pendulum swing. Here is his introduction: Dr. Eli Harari, an electrical engineer, always

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