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EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property — Don’t Get Caught Double Patenting!

In this episode of the EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property podcast, Mintz patent attorneys Lily Zhang and Alex Trimble, PhD, discuss double patenting, a complicated and sometimes confounding area of patent law. They break it down in layman’s terms even a non-patent attorney can understand. They highlight the risks of, and ways to avoid being hit by, double patenting rejections – and how to overcome them if they arise.

Among other topics, Lily and Alex discuss:

  • The two kinds of double patenting – same invention and obviousness-type double patenting (ODP)
  • Common scenarios in which ODP arises
  • Using terminal disclaimers for overcoming ODP rejections
  • The legal ramifications of using terminal disclaimers
  • When terminal disclaimers are the right option

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Lily Zhang is an IP attorney who handles patent prosecution matters for Mintz clients. Lily has experience in 3G and 4G wireless technologies, RFID, electronic payment systems, data security, NQR/NMR, and social media. Before joining Mintz, she worked as a patent attorney at a business law firm.
Alexander R. Trimble, PhD, is a Mintz Member and patent attorney who provides pharmaceutical companies with strategic legal and business advice. Alex evaluates matters related to patentability and freedom-to-operate issues.