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21st. Century Patent Practice

Being a parent of three sometimes means you have to take your work on the road as you chauffeur them to activities. Let me tell you about one such day. Sitting on the sidelines during a sports lesson, I want to, … Continue reading

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Tips for Breaking Free from Alice’s Shackles

I wish I had never met Alice! I feel she’s imposed on me, much like how a spouse is imposed on another in an arranged marriage or a mother-in-law that overstayed her welcome. Alice is here to stay. Of course I’m referring to … Continue reading

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AWE, MAN! DON’T TAKE AWAY THE COOL STUFF!

Those cool new car features that allow integrated on board car cameras and multi-purpose navigation devices might be short lived.  The music industry groups are suing Ford, GM and other car manufacturers for copyright infringement and failing to pay music … Continue reading

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Czech Us Out!

I can hardly believe it has been two months since I first set foot in Prague, the month just prior to the onset of the Syrian migrant crisis in Europe. For those of you who know me, you probably already … Continue reading

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Five Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether to Pursue Patent Protection

1. Will you have the ability to detect an infringement and enforce your patent rights?  If not, trade secret protection might be considered as an alternative strategy. 2. Are there easily available alternative products or technologies that can perform the … Continue reading

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UGG v. JC Penney, Sears & Walmart

Thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement in 2000, UGG boots have risen to celebrity status in the shoe world.  I can attest to the fact that most teens and tweens wear UGG boots with everything from shorts and skirts to yoga … Continue reading

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Accepting intellectual property as collateral: best practices to perfect security interests in patents, trademarks and copyright

In business transactions, company assets are often pledged to secure loans or other financing.  In some transactions, the intellectual property is assigned and then leased or licensed back to the debtor.  This article will focus on the lien situation, as … Continue reading

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Global Patent Filings Increase

A new WIPO report shows that in 2012 global patent filings increased at their strongest rate in nearly two decades.  Industrial-design registration was the strongest category. The report shows patent filings grew by 9.2% (2.35 million applications filed) in 2012, … Continue reading

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New Year; New Patent Options

The New Year will bring us two new options for accelerating progress of patent applications in a variety of countries. The five largest patent offices, known as the IP5, are launching a new IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (IP5 PPH) in … Continue reading

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House Passes Innovation Act

The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 3309 (the Innovation Act).  This bill would make dramatic changes to patent enforcement and defense law. The bill raises the stakes in patent infringement litigation by changing the traditional rule that attorney’s fees … Continue reading

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