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.

Building Ip Value

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

Cache Data Types: Patent Eligible Subject Matter

The question of what software is patent-eligible subject matter is still evolving. The Federal Circuit in Visual Memory v. NVIDIA,  recently weighed in with another guidepost on the way to patent eligibility. Claim 1 reads: A computer memory system connectable to a processor and having one or more programmable operational characteristics, said characteristics being defined through configuration by said computer

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Stephen B. Schott

Design Theory

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Secret Sales Are Prior Art Under The America Invents Act

You sell something but keep the details of the sale a secret. Is this still a sale that bars issuance of a patent under 35 USC 102: “A person shall be entitled to a patent unless the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the

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USPTO Director Michelle Lee Resigns (Matal named Acting Director)

USPTO Director Michelle Lee abruptly resigned today. There was speculation after President Trump’s election that she would not stay on or perhaps take another post in the administration, but after months of questions, she affirmed her role as USPTO Director in March. Just two months later, she has resigned, opening speculation as to who will fill her post. As yet,

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Supreme Court: Patent Infringement Lawsuits Only in State of Incorporation or Regular Place of Business

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision (it does happen) today in TC Heartland LLC v Kraft Food Group Brands LLC. The Court found that a plaintiff must bring patent infringement suits in the defendant’s state of incorporation or where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business. This holding overturns almost

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Guest Post: Tax Credits and Incentives for Pennsylvania Businesses

I met Anne a few weeks ago at a Headroom event in Wayne. Her subject matter was news to me and seemed relevant to many readers of this blog so I invited her to write a column. Thankfully, she obliged my request. -Steve by Anne Fabry of MVM Associates There are nearly 2,000 different state incentives and thousands of federal programs

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