New Patent Office Satellite Offices

Up until now, anyone wanting to do business with the US Patent Office had to deal with Patent Office officials in Washington, D.C. While much of the process of handling patent applications and the like can be handled by available communications such as mail, email, telephone, fax, and the like, there are instances where the […]
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Why Patents?

When a person or company invents something new and unobvious, there is a good probability that the invention can be protected by US patent laws and/or the laws of other appropriate countries. Under the patent laws of most countries, the patent owner has the right, through the appropriate court system, to prevent all others in […]
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New Trademark Office Rules For Samples Became Effective June 21, 2012

The US Trademark Office has recently issued a set of new rules regarding proofs required for registering renewing registration of trademarks and service marks. These new rules enable the US Trademark Office to require the owner of the mark to be ready to submit more samples than have been required in the past, showing use […]
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What Happens to a Patent Application After A “Final Rejection”?

In the past, any response submitted to the US Patent Office after a Final Rejection was given very little consideration unless the examiner had previously indicated that certain subject matter in the claim was already “Allowable”. In almost all other instances, the examiner simply refuses to officially “enter” and “consider” the Response, saying either that […]
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Has the US Patent Office misinterpreted KSR?

One of the great advantages of the US culture is that we have a long history of thinking independently, which has, among other things, led us to some pretty awesome inventions, and entrepreneurial ventures. The facts show that more patents are filed in the US than anywhere else in the world, by far. Indeed, we […]
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Patent False Marking

35 USC §292 provides that any member of the public can bring a court action alleging that a patent number has been falsely, improperly, used in connection with any product, with intent to deceive the public, can be fined up to $500 for every offense. In 2009, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit […]
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When Should We Use a Confidentiality Agreement?

A variety of “names” are used in addressing agreements which are intended to address the relationship where two or more parties are discussing information and where at least one of the parties does not previously have knowledge of that information. You may hear this type of agreement referred to as a “Confidentiality Agreement”, as a […]
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Quoting the International Monetary Fund

Here’s an interesting piece I ran across today, quoting the International Monetary Fund – “China has already eclipsed the U.S. in terms of car sales, exports, fixed capital investment, ISSUANCE OF PATENTS, net foreign assets, and the quality of science and math education. (all according to the IMF)”. I have not been able to confirm […]
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10 Tips How a Web Site Owner Can Avoid Copyright Infringement

Above all, get quality legal advice from your Intellectual Property Law Attorney any time you are thinking of using any photographs or other graphic materials. Ask yourself whether you really need any photos on your Web site. Can you use hand-drawn illustrations or drawings? Can you use diagrams or graphs you make yourself? Can you use cartoons […]
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