Intellectual Property Advice

HOW A “LIFEBOAT” KEEPS YOUR PATENT RIGHTS AFLOAT


...saving money until you are ready. Sometimes a topic is important enough to revisit after a few years. This one reexamines the frequent question of how to “extend” a provisional patent application beyond its natural 12-month life. My readers all know that the smart start for a small inventor or a new company with an invention to protect is a Provisional patent  [...]

WHY YOU PROBABLY DON’T NEED A PATENT SEARCH


And the Key Signs that Indicate When You Do I love to give advice, especially when I know my prediction will never be wrong.  My favorite advice is to predict a 50-50 chance of success.  Because no matter the outcome, I’m never wrong. My other favorite is recommending a patentability search.  Because no matter the results, my client is happy.  If we get “good”  [...]

GOING ABROAD WITH YOUR PATENTS


When Foreign Patent Protection Makes Sense for Firearms Inventions (The answer is “Probably not, unless…”) As an inventor myself, I know the enthusiastic feeling that your invention is going to be an incredible success, and wouldn’t it be a tragedy if you had only the US market protected and the rest of the world was knocking off your invention willy-nilly without  [...]

LET’S GO BRANDIN’!


How to Pick Trademarks That Help You Sell, and Won’t Get You Sued. One of the most fun parts of my law practice is helping clients pick trademarks.  I don’t charge extra if I come up with an idea you love enough to use on a new product, or for your new company.  I always promise that some day when my portfolio of successful brand picks is impressive enough, I’ll put  [...]

HOW TO GET TOP DOLLAR FOR YOUR COMPANY IN FIVE YEARS


Sometimes, I know when clients have been reading this newsletter.  Sometimes, I’m blown away to see something I wrote about years ago drive a client’s strategy. I just took a call from a client who told me they were getting ready to sell their company, and could we see about resurrecting some old trademark registrations they had earlier decided to let drop to save the  [...]

MICROMANAGING THE “MICRO-ENTITY” PATENT FEE DISCOUNT


More than five years after Congress threw a little bone to start-up inventors, we’ve learned a few things. The good news is that you might qualify for reduced patent fees under the patent laws, thanks to a “gift” from Congress to small inventors. I didn’t follow the battle, but I expect it was a way for them to look like they are being generous in some small way when  [...]