ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?
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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…

BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020
202006.23
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BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020

Search the Trademark Before Using it 6.7 Million trademarks applications have been filed at the USPTO. Avoid using a name that is descriptive or already registered. Pick a Creative Trademark Focus on picking a trademark that is a reflection of your brand, culture, or values. The trademark database is likely to show that trademarks such…

Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?
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Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?

What is a copyright? Copyrights protect original works of art. This includes architectural drawings, photographs, books, songs, movies, software codes, etc. Copyrights give their owner the exclusive right to reproduce and profit off the underlying work. “Creators are not required to register their original creative work before copyright exists because rights exist automatically when the…

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…

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…

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