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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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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Patent Attorney Meeting: What questions to answer before first call

How to prepare for the first patent attorney meeting Efficient use of time is good for everyone. It’s good for both attorneys and clients. While we never want to discourage anyone from asking questions, coming prepared to an initial meeting with a patent attorney will lead to a more helpful discussion. Let’s cover some basic […]

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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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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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How to Choose a Patent Attorney

What should you look for in a patent attorney? Recently, I searched online for professionals in a particular field to assist in a new business endeavor. With only a limited understanding of this field, I reached out to a few qualified individuals with credentials covering the niche I wanted to pursue. This hiring process caused […]

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Fight for broader patent claims?

Broader patent claims: when less is more Before we dive into this discussion, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what we mean by broader patent claims. When it comes patent claims, broader does not necessarily mean more. In fact, it’s the opposite. Narrow claims state several elements, or claim limitations. Broad […]

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