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Patents, Trademarks and Intellectual Property Protection

    Our firm concentrates on helping independent inventors and small to mid-size technology companies exclude the competition by securing strong patent protection and trademark protection for their novel products and processes. We also provide licensing and negotiation assistance to improve the… Continue reading

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Pricing and Contracting Negotiations Insufficient to Constitute a Sale within the US

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc. and Pulse Electronics Corporation, CAFC 2013-1472,-1656 (October 22, 2014), the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) reviewed the opinion of the District Court for the District of Nevada. Among other things, the District Court granted summary judgment that Pulse Electronics (“Pulse”) did not sell or […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office Extends After Final Action Consideration

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) through September 30, 2015. New Feature – AFCP Response Form (PTO-2323) A new feature of the AFCP is designed to reduce prosecution time and increase collaboration between examiners and applicants or their representatives. In response to an AFCP […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office Launches Online Toolkit for Trademarks

        The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an online toolkit to help individuals with basic information concerning trademarks.  The website is located here. The Trademark Toolkit includes a link to: General information about trademarks; How to respond to a Cease Continue reading

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ALS Association withdraws US Trademark Applications to Register “Ice Bucket Challenge”

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (“ALS”) has withdrawn its US Trademark Applications that include the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and ALS ice bucket challenge.  The group posted to Facebook explaining its decision: We’ve received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We Continue reading

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First Inventor to File – 2014 USPTO Roadshow

The USPTO will be hosting seven roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).  The FITF provisions became effective on March 16, 2013.  The roadshows are designed to resolve the difficulties with the administrative processes and to provide […]

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