What Everyone Ought to Know About the Redskins Trademark

Just Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademarks.

No More Trademark Protection for the Redskins? Just Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademarks. The USPTO called the team’s … [Read more...]

How Has Patent Law Changed Since the Enactment of America Invents?

The America Invents Act (AIA) went into effect in March 2013. Although it has only been 7 months, some of the effects are obvious.

The America Invents Act (AIA) went into effect in March 2013. Although it has only been 7 months, some of the effects are obvious. The main thing I see is the filing of more provisional patent … [Read more...]

Gene Patents: Testing the Boundaries of Intellectual Property Protection

American intellectual property law has recently come under fire as several corporations test the boundaries of intellectual property protection with gene patents.

American intellectual property law has recently come under fire as several corporations test the boundaries of intellectual property protection with gene patents. One such case currently being … [Read more...]

Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Patent Trolls

Patent trolls are being investigated by the FTC...and changes in patent law may be on the horizon.

Patent trolls, also called “non-practicing entities” or “patent assertion entities”, are responsible for a large upswing in patent litigation. Patent trolls make money by buying up patents and then … [Read more...]

Trade Secrets and Utility Patent Applications: A Perfect IP Combo

Trade Secrets and Utility Patent Applications: A Perfect IP Combo

Trade Secrets and Utility Patents can work hand-in-hand to ensure companies the broadest possible protection - and increase your company’s value. This is especially true in software patents. In … [Read more...]

Prior Art Search and Analysis by Your Patent Attorney: Is it Necessary?

Patent Infringement Review by Your Attorney

The first step for anyone with an invention or idea is to perform a prior art search and analysis in order to determine whether or not it’s already been done before. Patent infringement review is a … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know About the America Invents Act (AIA)

What You Need to Know About the America Invents Act (AIA)

Update: The patent law change went into effect on March 16, 2013 has an immediate impact on anyone who is thinking about protection for any invention they have created in the past. HR 1249, the … [Read more...]

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull

One of the crystal skulls in the movie is thought to resemble the Mitchell-Hedges skull, which is a famous crystal skull purportedly discovered by Frederick A. Mitchell-Hedges in the 1930s while excavating in Belize.

In 2008, the fourth Indiana Jones movie, titled “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was released. The plot centered around a number of crystal skulls that were supposedly ancient, … [Read more...]

Trademark (™) vs. Registration (®)

Trademark vs Registered

Next to most logos or brand names, you can find either a ™ or a ® What do those symbols mean and what is the difference between a trademark and registration mark? The ™ can mean a number of … [Read more...]

What are Trade Secrets and Do I Need One?

Protecting Trade Secrets

Intellectual property comprises copyrights, patents, trademarks, and, to a certain extent, trade secrets. Trade secrets are different from the other three in that with copyrights, patents, and … [Read more...]