Recent Blog Posts

Toe Dabbling Day

As I write this, we’re in the middle of a really cold snap. It doesn’t seem like spring will get here — but I want to recall one of my most cherished memories of my college days and share it with you because I think there’s a lesson that we can all take from it.

WHERE Are The Women Inventors?

In cooperation with some international groups, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), conducted a 40-year comprehensive study through the end of 2016 profiling women inventors as they appear on US patents.

Trademarks: Using the ® Symbol With Secondary Meaning

Over the last few months, I’ve talked about different types of trademarks; there’s the brand name (also known as the wordmark), logos, and combinations of brand names and logos. There are also other types of trademarks that we don’t think about too often but are pretty ubiquitous.

Using the ® Symbol: Trademarks Part 2

We’ve talked about when you can use the ® symbol with your trademark — that you can use it after you have been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But what most people don’t know is that there are two registries for trademarks that the federal government keeps.

Market Trademarks: Which Symbol Can I Use After My Logo?

A question I frequently get from clients who are looking to develop a brand for a product or service is, “Can I use ™? Can I use the Ⓡ?” The answer to that is very specific, particularly when it comes to the Ⓡ.

Patents Require More Than Ideas

Not every great idea is patentable. Lots of people come to me with some really good ideas, but unfortunately, they don’t pass the test of something that is new and non-obvious.

How Long Will It Take Me to Get My Patent?

A question I am frequently asked is, “How long does it take to get a patent?” As with most things, the short answer is, “It depends.”

Is My Idea Patentable?

The most frequent question I’m asked is, “Can I get a patent for this?”   Many times, people come to see me with what I call concepts. These concepts are good ideas — maybe even great marketing ideas — but when I ask them to sketch it out or verbally describe what it will look like, […]

Patent Math: When Your One Invention Turns Into Three

To understand divisional patents, one must understand how the patent office operates. When you file a patent, you pay a fee. Actually, you pay three fees bundled into one:

Remember the Children! (Patent Portfolios)

An ongoing business needs to have a portfolio of patents built around a product. To help clients remember this, I often say, “Remember the children.” I don’t mean their heirs, but their future patent applications.