What is an IP strategy session?

What is the difference between an IP strategy session and a free initial consultation? Our free initial consultation covers a host of general IP questions. If more specific guidance is desired on your particular patent or trademark matter, we offer an IP strategy session where we can discuss the details of your intellectual property matter […]

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Free initial consultation: what is and is not covered

What is covered in our free initial consultation? Many prospective clients seek a free initial consultation to discuss their IP matters. Anyone who has read our articles and FAQs on IP can sense that we try to be generous with providing helpful IP information. We stick to that same philosophy in our initial consultations with […]

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When is the right time to trademark a product or company name?

When is the right time to file a trademark application? Trademarks differ from patents in terms of timing. Unlike patent deadlines, there is no strict due date for filing a trademark application, although there can certainly be negative consequences for waiting too long. Assuming that you do not have enough cash now to apply for […]

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Should you get a second opinion on your patent application?

What should you ask for in a second opinion? So you have a nagging feeling that something is not right with your pending patent application, but you are not sure what it might be or how to even find out. The point of this post is provide some helpful guidelines on what questions to ask […]

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What to do when your patent application is allowed

What is the Notice of Allowance and Fees Due? When your patent application has been allowed, the USPTO will send a Notice of Allowance setting forth a 3-month deadline to pay the issue fee. This document will also include a Notice of Allowability starting on a separate page which will include the Reasons for Allowance. […]

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Why combine multiple inventions into a single patent application?

Straightforward Approach: 1 patent app = 1 invention The 1-to-1 approach is straightforward: a separate patent application is filed for each invention. Where an inventor has two or more related inventions, multiple applications would be filed with each application covering only a single invention. Suppose an applicant has invented two distinct product features (let’s call […]

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