Do we recommend PCT patent applications?

Does our firm recommend PCT patent applications? If foreign utility patent protection is desired, filing a PCT patent application makes sense for many applicants. Generally, we recommend PCT applications if you: need more time; want to defer legal costs; and/or wish to keep open the option to file in major foreign countries. Keep in mind […]

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Is a method of treatment patentable in the US?

Are methods of treating humans patentable in the US? Yes, a medical method of treatment is patentable in the US. Of course, methods of treating human health issues must meet all conditions of patentability. Patenting a method of medical treatment would still involve hurdles of obviousness and lack of novelty. So it is possible to […]

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China Utility Model: How is this China utility patent alternative changing?

What is the status of the China utility model process? Utility models (UM) are known for being cheap and automatic. For US filers seeking patent protection in China, the utility model is an attractive alternative to filing regular utility patent applications. Understandably, companies seek cost-effective ways to gain utility patent protection without spending so much. […]

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How to File Foreign Patents: A Cost-Effective Foreign Filing Strategy

How do you file foreign patents cost-effectively? It’s no secret that obtaining foreign patent protection is highly expensive. Most clients are under a limited budget, seeking to stretch their money as much as possible to seek smarter patent protection. Is there a smarter strategy to file foreign patents? How can you procure international patent rights […]

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What is a Section 1(a) use-based trademark application?

What is a use-based trademark application? A trademark application must always identify whether the mark has already been used on the goods or services. One common problem is that trademark filers think their mark has been used when, in fact, the opposite is true. The question of whether a trademark has actually been used can […]

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Patent and Trademark Attorney: When IP rights overlap

When do patents and trademarks overlap? Everyone once in awhile, a client may have IP rights that involve both patents and trademarks. When the two types of IP overlap, it helps to have a patent and trademark attorney that can carefully navigate pending IP applications to avoid forfeiting rights. For example, how can a trademark […]

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TTAB Trademark Opposition: What You Should Know

Should you file a trademark opposition? A trademark application is close to the finish line. A few more days left in the publication period, and the mark will be on its way to registration. Should you file a Notice of Opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). What does a TTAB trademark opposition […]

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Can you file a late foreign patent application?

Can you file a late foreign patent application based on Paris Convention? We’ve talked about filing late PCT and national stage applications. But, what if you are thinking about filing a direct foreign patent application claiming priority to a US priority application? What are your late foreign patent filing options under the Paris Convention? More […]

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