Krithiga’s background and experience is in all areas of Mechanical Engineering. She utilizes her background and experience in preparing and prosecuting inventions in the areas of autonomous vehicles, robotics, medical devices, energy, manufacturing and other mechanical and electro-mechanical systems. Krithiga particularly enjoys finding creative strategies to obtain patent protection for client technologies. She also assists our Patent Attorneys in analyzing technology for patentability, freedom-to-operate and invalidity opinions.
The IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway Program (the PPH Program) has been available to U.S. patent applicants for just over two years. It was implemented to permit cooperation between the five largest Patent Offices—Europe, Japan, Korea, China and the U.S.—to fast track examination of applications.
Many inventors have long assumed that they have a one year “grace period” in which they can file for patent protection after having publicly sold or revealed their invention. Given the evolving landscape created by the recent America Invents Act (AIA), it has now become all the more risky to rely on that thought.
It is no secret that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International (Alice) is wreaking havoc to software and business method patents found to merely link abstract ideas with conventional elements, such as a computer. However, we are now also getting a taste of Alice’s potential effects on non-business method patents.