Can I Check the Status of my Patent Application?
201911.11
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Can I Check the Status of my Patent Application?

Your patent attorney will keep you updated on the status of your patent application. If you are not assigned to an attorney, the following information might be helpful. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to present PAIR – Patent Application Information Retrieval System. PAIR has a private site that provides a USPTO/Internet…

Can I register my trademark to use on regulated products (e.g. cannabis) and activities (e.g. gambling)?
201911.07
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Can I register my trademark to use on regulated products (e.g. cannabis) and activities (e.g. gambling)?

Applications for trademarks used on regulated products (e.g. cannabis, drug paraphernalia, ivory, whalebone) and activities (e.g. gambling and wagering, retail stores featuring controlled substances) are subject to additional review. Please call us for additional information. Source: USPTO.GOV

What can I patent?
201911.04
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What can I patent?

What can be patented – utility patents are provided for a new, nonobvious and useful: Process Machine Article of manufacture Composition of matter Improvement of any of the above Note: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or…

Who is a Joint Inventor?
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Who is a Joint Inventor?

A joint inventor is an individual who has not only made a significant contribution to the conception of the invention, but also participated in a “collaboration or concerted effort” towards the invention.  If the inventor and another individual contributed to the invention as claimed, each party is a joint inventor. Each party is considered to have shared…

Profile of Women Inventors
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Profile of Women Inventors

Major findings: The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016. Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016. Gains in female participation in…

What is Interstate Commerce?
201909.10
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What is Interstate Commerce?

Under Federal Law, interstate commerce is any commercial transactions or traffic that cross state boundaries or that involve more than one state. “Interstate commerce” as it relates to the sale of goods includes transporting the goods across state lines and the mark must be displayed on the goods or the packaging associated with the goods….

The Differences Between R Within the circle ®, TM, and SM
201909.09
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The Differences Between R Within the circle ®, TM, and SM

The encircled R ® is a federal registration symbol. This symbol is used once the trademark is officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Goods or services that are being marketed based on a pending trademark application cannot use the encircled R ®. The federal registration symbol can only be used on…

Let us Respond to your USPTO Office Action
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Let us Respond to your USPTO Office Action

An office action is an official letter sent by the USPTO. In it, an examining attorney lists any legal problems with your chosen trademark, as well as with the application itself. You must resolve all legal problems in the office action before we can register your trademark. In an office action, an examining attorney may…