ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?
202007.13
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ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?

ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020? Who can pay? Maintenance fees and any necessary surcharges may be paid by the patentee or by any person or organization on behalf of a patentee.  What to include with payment? You must include both the patent number and corresponding application number with your maintenance fee…

USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines
202006.02
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USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines

As businesses begin to reopen or resume operations, some stakeholders will continue to require relief, particularly small businesses and individuals. Under the CARES Act authority and its existing authority in Trademark and TTAB matters, the USPTO will direct relief to those who need it on a case-by-case basis, as described below. Applicants who were unable…

202004.28
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How to Discuss Your Idea With a Patent Attorney

The Patent Attorney would require a complete disclosure of your invention. This can include sketches, write-ups, photos, drawings, etc. Provide all of the information in an organized format and be prepared to discuss all aspects of the disclosure. Answers to the following questions can be prepared before a phone or office consultation with your patent…

USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision
202004.23
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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

source: USPT.GOV The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a report authored by its Chief Economist titled, Adjusting to Alice: USPTO patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International. The report highlights how recent actions undertaken by the USPTO have brought greater predictability and certainty to the determination of patent…

Do you owe maintenance fees?
202002.05
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Do you owe maintenance fees?

The United States Code provides that the owners of all utility and reissue utility patents filed on or after December 12, 1980 must pay maintenance fees to keep the patents. Maintenance fees are not required for design, plant patent, or statutory invention registrations. Maintenance fees and any necessary surcharges may be paid by the patentee…

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO SPEED UP THE TRADEMARK PROCESS
202001.24
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HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO SPEED UP THE TRADEMARK PROCESS

Step 1: Choose a Strong Mark. Step 2: Choose a Mark That Isn’t Confusingly Similar to Another Mark. Step 3: Begin Using Your Mark in Commerce As Soon as Possible. Step 4: Submit a Complete and Accurate Trademark Application. Step 5: If You Receive an Office Action, Respond Promptly and Thoroughly.

Logo Registrations
202001.15
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Logo Registrations

You company logo helps to identify your goods and service. This is the most important method of distinguishing your brand from other companies. Please give us a call to help you protect your logo by registering it a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A standard character mark protects letters or numbers that are…

Can I Patent a Product that I’m Currently Selling?
202001.07
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Can I Patent a Product that I’m Currently Selling?

The United States Code provides that a product that has been present in the public domain for more than 12 months is no longer patentable. The 12 month anniversary establishes a statutory bar against patentability; you have 12 months from the date that you first made it public to file your patent application. A patent…