No Patents: How to Protect Product from Copying

No patents: What are your options against product copies? It’s understandable. You come up with a new product idea, but feel unsure about whether it will sell. So you invest in an initial production and see if it sells. To your surprise, the product does well. Perhaps you’re selling on Amazon or directly to consumers. […]

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Keep it secret or file a patent?

Patent your idea or keep it secret? If this question has crossed your mind, I’m willing to venture that your product or idea is not so simple. There must be something about your concept that is not easy for others to figure out. Let’s face it. If you have a simple product that others 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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Intellectual Property Protection: How to Protect IP

What does it mean to protect intellectual property? Now that we know what intellectual property is, let’s talk about how to protect intellectual property. The word “protect” is curious in the context of IP. What do we mean by intellectual property protection? If you think of IP as an asset, then it makes sense. What […]

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How can an Amazon seller use design patents?

How can an Amazon seller benefit from design patents? IP simply cannot be ignored when you’re selling on Amazon. A common misconception is that IP is not a factor when low-tech or no-tech products are involved. Don’t fall into that trap. Those who tend to ignore IP are the ones caught off guard when, for […]

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What is intellectual property (IP)?

What is an intellectual property right? Intellectual property (IP) can seem abstract. You can see and experience the benefits of innovation, but you can’t touch IP itself. It’s often called intangible. So what is IP exactly? At its core, IP is a legal right. Intellect refers to the mind, so intellectual property refers to a […]

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How to Get a Patent

Utility or design patent? In order to know how to get a patent, first determine the type of IP you need. Do you need a utility or design patent, or both? A simple way to tell is to focus on the unique features, and ask whether they are primarily functional or visual. If you have […]

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Does a patent attorney near me matter?

Does searching for a patent attorney near me make sense? There was a time when the main way to find a patent attorney was to ask for a referral. Anyone can go online now and simply search for attorneys, but there seems to be an inclination to look for patent attorneys nearby. Does searching for […]

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Patent Opposition: Does it exist?

Can you file a patent opposition against a pending application? You may have heard of a trademark opposition as the way to challenge a trademark application, but is there an equivalent proceeding for challenging patent applications? Yes there is, but it’s not called a patent opposition. A few options exist, but they go by different […]

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What is a good utility patent?

What makes a utility patent good? A patent can be both a sword and shield. Defensively, a patent blocks future applicants from patenting the same invention. Offensively, a patent can be enforced to pursue licensing or to stop competitors from infringing. In this post, we’ll look at what makes for a good utility patent on […]

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