Monthly Archives: September 2012

The PCT-PPH program

There is a new opportunity being afforded PCT applications (on a beta test or pilot basis) that receive positive results in the international phase to enter the PPH program. The pilot PCT-PPH program is only available in certain participating Offices, … Continue reading

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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Explained

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a program available to some patent applications that have entered the national stage. In order to qualify for the PPH program, the Office of First Filing (OFF) must rule that at least one claim … Continue reading

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Recent trends in trademark application timelines

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO website offers a wealth of information about trademarks. One valuable publication is the “Trademark Application & Post-Registration Process Timelines” (http://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/process/tm_timeline.jsp). Despite the guidelines given in the publication, I have noticed the following … Continue reading

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Throwing the proverbial kitchen sink into your patent application

Many inventors believe that disclosure limits the scope of their protection. They try to give vague, non-specific examples in an effort to not “box themselves in” and provide as broad protection as possible. Claims that are too narrow may lose … Continue reading

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Expanding your brand overseas

Clients often call me with news that they’ve received internet inquiries from foreign customers who found the company online. While they are excited about the prospect of foreign sales, these clients are also worried about protecting future potential markets from … Continue reading

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Can in-house counsel reduce costs by outsourcing trademark work?

Corporate counsel often wears many hats. Their primary focus is generally on contract, HR issues, regulatory compliance and risk management. Trying to further stretch their resources into specialized areas like intellectual property may not be the best approach to meeting … Continue reading

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What tools are in your toolbox for brand protection?

In my previous blog about brand management, I discussed what a brand is, the importance of developing a brand, and how to manage it. With all the time and effort you spend accomplishing this, it becomes increasingly crucial that this … Continue reading

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USPTO Supplemental Register vs. the Principal Register

Trademarks are registered under one of two national registers at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): Principal Register and Supplemental Register. Applicants will generally file for the Principal Register because it offers the most protection for the mark. … Continue reading

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Using judicial factors for determining patent damages

When an inventor commercializes his invention, the question always arises as to what it is worth if you sell of license it to someone. A new product has no history and it can be difficult to truly ascertain a value … Continue reading

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