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 through the application of idea law, which is intellectual property law that focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Latest from the IdeaESQ Blog

Amazon Brand Registry
Stephen B. Schott

Register Your Brand With Amazon’s Brand Registry

  How can you take advantage of the Amazon Brand Registry if you sell products on Amazon? (1) Secure registration of your trademark with a government trademark office in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia, India, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the European Union, or the United Arab Emirates. This is by far the longest step in

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Alice v. CLS Bank
Stephen B. Schott

Piling On: Even More USPTO Subject Matter Guidance

The USPTO recognizes there’s a problem in subject matter eligibility. If you don’t believe it, look at how much guidance it has issued since the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. Here’s some. Here’s some more. And how about this? And that’s not a complete list–those are just the ones I’ve written about in this blog. Well, Director Iancu is back with

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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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PA Bar: Removing the Exclusivity of "Patent Attorney"

By Stephen B. Schott [EDIT: The Pennsylvania House of Delegates voted down this measure in May 2019, mostly due to issues unrelated to the “patent attorney” designation discussed herein.] 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

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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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Stephen B. Schott

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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