TRADEMARK OPPOSITION

Introduction Trademark opposition is one step in the process in registering a trademark on the Principal Trademark register of the USPTO.  This step requires passing through the phase termed “publication for opposition”. Discussion Recall the first step in the registration process is filing of the trademark application. The application is either based upon actual use…

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PERSONAL NAME TRADEMARKS

Introduction People are proud of their workmanship and service. Accordingly, it is natural that people want to name their products and services with their name, e.g., Ford automobiles, Hewlett Packard printers, etc.  I suggest this is not, however, a good strategy for establishing a brand.  As I continuously urge, the best trademarks are arbitrary words and symbols.  Coined words…

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WHAT IS A PATENT?

Introduction What is a patent?  Simply stated, a patent is the exclusive right to prevent others from making, using or selling the invention or things made using the invention. Surprising?  See the following discussion. Discussion Technically, a patent does NOT give you the right to make use or sell the products of your invention since…

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Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Introduction The following is a brief summary of each tool for protecting intellectual property (IP). The tools discussed are Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights. Patents Patents protect an idea (invention) that is embodied in a device or method.  This is different from Copyright and Trademarks. The vast majority of patents are “utility patents”. There are also plant patents…

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Prior Use Defense: Trade Secrets v. Patenting II

Indroduction This blog is a clarification of my prior article entitled Trade Secrets v. Patenting.  In my prior article, I stated that a party using a technique or method in manufacturing as a trade secret would lose the right to continue practicing the trade secret if the secret technique or method became subject of a patent by…

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CHALLENGING JUNK PATENTS II

Introduction Continuing with the topic of the USPTO issuing patents for items that are not truly patentable “developments”, the America Invents Act (AIA) introduced a significant change allowing third party submission of information to an examiner challenging the potential issuance of Junk Patents .  See my article Challenging Junk Patents Discussion You may become aware…

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Current Inter Partes Review

Introduction First, the AIA revised the prior Inter Partes Review practice discussed in an earlier blog. This blog pertains only to the new practice (post AIA).  You may also want to review my blog “Challenges to your Patent” Discussion Inter Partes Review can only be initiated after 9 months for the patent grant.  This is consistent with the 9 month…

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Notice to Competitor of Application

Introduction: Unless you expressly opt out, your non-provisional application will be published 18 months after the application filing date. Note if your non-provisional application claims priority to a prior provisional application, the 18 months are calculated from the filing date of the provisional application.  Thus, your application can be published as soon as 6 months after filing….

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