Patent and Literature Searches — In Context

Patent and Literature Searches — In Context

By Christopher McHattie “Is my idea worth pursuing?” That question can be more complex than it may first appear. For example, many ideas are great, but are they feasible, viable, protectable and non-infringing of existing rights? So, while “I have a great idea that will help people” is a great start, it’s just that, a Read more about Patent and Literature Searches — In Context[…]

Trademarks Through the Years

Trademarks Through the Years

As the New Year rolls around, let’s take a look back at the year that has passed in Trademarks. As often as not, a company’s most valuable asset is its reputation as embodied in its name and trademarks.  A registered trademark can be a logo, a brand name, a symbol, a color, a scent, a Read more about Trademarks Through the Years[…]

A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar

A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar

Anyone out there play Candy Crush SagaTM?  I do (I just finished Level 215, thank you very much), and I know a lot of other people that do too.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Candy Crush SagaTM is a puzzle game, originally released for Facebook, but now available for mobile phones and tablets. Read more about A saga, or an epic debacle? A trademark attorney’s perspective on the Candy Crush Saga trademark uproar[…]

Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes

Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes

Imagine if you could own your DNA.  Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?  After all, we’re all born with our own genes and DNA – it’s our own individual blueprint – so why not get to own what is already naturally ours?  Seems like one ought to be able to file for a patent for genes Read more about Patenting Human Genes: Slam the Brakes[…]

BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update

BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update

Attention all intellectual property owners and applicants: Several new organizations, including, but likely not limited to, the “United States Trademark Registration Office,” the “World Database of Trademarks and Patents,” and “GBO INC., Trademark and Patent Dep.” are sending invitations for the payment of fees to United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO) “Applicants and agents Read more about BEWARE!!! Trademark fee scams update[…]

The Times They Are A’Changing

The Times They Are A’Changing

The amount of money companies are prepared to invest on protecting their intellectual property is a fairly good litmus test for the state of the economy.  There is concern that the current depression in the economy is showing no sign of improving. In a recent article by the Economist Magazine, the number of patent applications Read more about The Times They Are A’Changing[…]