“Patents Foster Innovation”

May 2011
Medical Design Magazine

Partner Richard M. LaBarge authored an article in the May 2011 issue of Medical Design Magazine. In "Patents Foster Innovation," Mr. LaBarge contrasted patents with other forms of intellectual property, such as trade secrets. Mr. LaBarge also discussed the patenting process, including recent attempts by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to accelerate the process. Finally, Mr. LaBarge considered some common missteps that companies make that can jeopardize their patent portfolios.