Divisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 7

Much like a continuation patent application, a divisional patent application is a patent application that includes the same disclosure as the parent application and claims priority to the parent application.  The difference between the applications is that a divisional application … Continue reading

Proactive Trademark Practices for Companies – Part 3 Comprehensive Clearance Search

Comprehensive Clearance Search Even if the preliminary screening search does not reveal any potentially conflicting uses, it should not be relied upon to conclude that the selected trademarks could be adopted and used. A comprehensive clearance search and opinion process … Continue reading

Three Basic Patent Strategies: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 12

There are many different strategies for filing and maintaining your patents in the United States.  Each strategy depends on your particular industry, your competition, your company’s purpose for getting the patents, and how actively you will be enforcing the patents.  … Continue reading

Advanced Intellectual Property Strategies – Part 4 Advanced Patent Strategies

4. Advanced Patent Strategies Filing for and obtaining a patent is a good step toward increasing the value of a company’s ideas and technology. Getting a patent alone, however, without meaningful business and intellectual asset strategies, leaves a lot of … Continue reading

Foreign Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 13

Contrary to some rumors and what many would like, there is not an “International Patent” that gives worldwide protection.  If someone is promising you an International Patent, make sure to ask better questions to see what they’re really selling.  In … Continue reading

Proactive Trademark Practices for Companies – Part 4 Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration Once your trademark attorney has completed a comprehensive search and counseled you on the best choices, then you can ask him/her to file trademark applications for you. Unless properly and thoroughly trained, having an experienced … Continue reading

Design Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 3

Design Patent Application Benefits:   Can give you “Patent Pending” status quickly and even “Issued Patent” status with less cost than a utility patent application and can protect the look of the product. Design Patent Application Risk:   Because a design patent … Continue reading

Trademark Use Basics

When beginning to use a trademark, both before and after filing a registration application, a first concern is to ensure proper trademark use on all labeling and in literature and advertising to preserve your rights. You should include your mark, … Continue reading

Other Non-Provisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 5

For each of design patent applications and utility patent applications, there are three types of applications and one procedure that should be discussed; namely, Continuation, Divisional, Continuation-in-part, and Request for Continued Examination (“RCE”).  Each of these may be filed when … Continue reading

Proactive Trademark Practices for Companies – Part 5 Benefits of State Trademark Registration

Benefits of State Trademark Registration States register marks for use within their borders. If a mark is not used in interstate commerce or has been held to be unregistrable federally, a state registration is the only other registration option. However, … Continue reading