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Study Confirms Women Have Untapped Potential to Spur Innovation

Study Confirms Women Have Untapped Potential to Spur Innovation

On February 11, 2019, the US Patent and Trademark Office released a report titled "Progress and Potential: a profile of women inventors on U.S. patents" on the trends of women inventors named on US patents granted in the last 40 years (1976-2016). Prepared...

Watch Out for Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices

Watch Out for Trademark Scams and Misleading Notices

In the last few months, I’ve received several calls and e-mails from clients who want to know if they should pay an invoice that they received from a “Patent and Trademark Resource Center” or “Patent and Trademark Organization,” or the like. Toss these in...

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Will Delaware Again Be the Top Patent Litigation District?

Will Delaware Again Be the Top Patent Litigation District?

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 US ___ (2017) the Supreme Court on May 22, 2017 held that the residence requirement of the patent infringement venue statute 28 USC 1400(b) refers only to a defendant’s State of Incorporation. The...

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No More Bitching About “Disparaging” Trademarks

No More Bitching About “Disparaging” Trademarks

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293, that the disparagement provision of Section 2(a) of the US Trademark Act is unconstitutional because under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, “Speech may not be banned on...

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What is a Patent?

What is a Patent?

You do not need a patent in order to sell a product or offer a service in the United States. You may want to obtain a patent, if your invention meets the criteria, because a patent conveys a valuable right that makes it harder for others to compete with...

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