Tag Archives: USPTO

Information is Power

Information is Power Information is power. When you are adopting a new product name, you need information to make informed decisions and minimize the risk of problems down the line. Problems can, and generally do, cost thousands of dollars and … Continue reading

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Beware of Trademark Scams!

Our law firm has received a number of inquiries related to recent trademark scam. One of our business clients, Lugia’s Ice Cream, has kindly sent us documents to show all of our clients. These scams will pull your contact information … Continue reading

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Cronut is protected intellectual property

Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel has trademarked his Cronut and been listed by TIME Tech  in the “25 Best Inventions of 2013”.  Registration with the USPTO gives him the enhanced ability to sue copycatters for infringement.  Restaurant owners should be careful … Continue reading

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Using the right symbol for you mark

What do the intellectual property symbols ®, ™, and SM mean and when can you use them? The proper usage of these symbols is important for advertising, articles, blog posts, blurbs, and anything published either in paper or digital format … Continue reading

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Nine strategies to overcome Section 101 rejections for personalized medicine and DNA-related subject matter

Over the past few months, Applicants have been receiving Section 101 rejections for non-patentable subject matter, especially where the subject matter involves personalized medicine and DNA-related compositions and methods. To successfully rebut these rejections, and in preparing newly filed disclosures … Continue reading

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Limitations of the Australian Patent Office as an ISA or IPEA

When you select your international search authority and international preliminary examination authority, it is important to understand what subject matter each office is competent to search and examine. The Australian Patent Office will not be a competent International Searching or … Continue reading

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Limitations of EPO as ISA & IPEA

 When you select your international search authority and international preliminary examination authority, it is important to understand what subject matter each office is competent to search and examine. For example, the EPO will not research or give an opinion on … Continue reading

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ePCT

As of July 2012, the ePCT application of WIPO provides secure online access to PCT application files. (It is the equivalent of the USPTO public and private PAIR). You can set up customized notifications (e-mail warnings) and e-file documents (except … 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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