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Leighton K. Chong
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  • Honolulu, HI
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IP & Patent Attorney
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
E-commerce, IT, software, computers, EE, general & mechanical, Green Energy, Hawaii innovation and patent policies
About Me:
Mr. Chong has been an intellectual property and patent attorney for over 35 years, specializing in electronics, computers, software, IT, and e-commerce. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent Office, and a licensed attorney in New York and Hawaii. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Yale University, and Juris Doctor degree at Boston University School of Law. He was a founding partner of the intellectual property law firm of Ostrager Chong Flaherty & Broitman, NYC, to which he remains Of Counsel and heads its Hawaii office. He continues to practice intellectual property and patent law in Hawaii, working with technology companies particularly in the renewable energy field.
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Why It May Still Be Worthwhile to Try to Patent Your Business Method Invention

There are significant business and tactical advantages that can make it worthwhile for a startup company to file for a U.S. patent application on its business method invention, despite the current chaos in the U.S. Patent Office and the courts on the legal parameters for patenting business methods.  For more ...

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 12:55pm



            The tidal wave of online usage of social networks has spilled over into collaborative business networks.  Social networks such as Facebook are being used to create and market new ideas and innovations using social networking webpages.  Collaborative innovation networks have sprung up as online communities of like-minded people who choose to work together on innovation projects.  The speedup in investor expectation for startups to get to market using…


Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:21am

KCC/IPTL Seminar: Management of Foreign IP Rights; Open Q/A Session - Thurs Nov 15, 6-8 pm

The final session in the Series on Nov 15 will start with a presentation by Leighton Chong, Intellectual Property & Patent Attorney, covering international IP strategies and options for businesses to profit from foreign IP rights, and will be followed by an open Q/A session by Course directors Martin Hsia and Leighton Chong for attendees to ask any questions they may have about their own projects or interests relating to IP. …


Posted on November 10, 2012 at 8:20am

KCC/IPTL Seminar: Management of Copyright-Protectible Media, Software & Digital Works


The Nov 8 seminar will be presented by Martin Hsia, Intellectual Property & Patent Attorney with Cades Schutte LLP, covering timely and effective registration of copyright for media, software & digital works, giving notice of copyright; policing infringements, counterfeits and takedowns, digital rights management and other Internet copyright protection tools, shrink-wrap licensing, civil and criminal enforcement, and U.S. Customs and International Trade Commission exclusion…


Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:32pm

KCC/IPTL Seminar: Profiting from Patent Licensing of Technology & Product Innovation, Thurs Nov 1, 6-8 pm



The Nov 1 seminar will be presented by Leighton Chong, Intellectual Property & Patent Attorney, covering strategies for developing patent portfolios protecting technology and innovation products and profiting through licensing and other patent monetization…


Posted on October 27, 2012 at 8:49am

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At 7:22am on May 14, 2009, Daniel Leuck said…
Welcome Leighton! I enjoyed our chat at MIC's service provider event. Your blog, which we just added to our blog roll on the front page, is always an excellent read. I particularly liked Should Hawaii Be A "Patent-Free Zone" For Renewable Energy Technologies?

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