Recent Blog Posts

Attorney-Client Privilege Is Greater Than > Non-Disclosure Agreements

From time-to-time, individuals call my office and request an appointment to discuss their invention. Many times, they have done a little bit of homework and have learned about a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a precaution, they usually ask me to sign their NDA at the start of the appointment, before they share anything with me. […]

Attorney-Client Confidentiality and Privilege 101

Every so often, when I’m expecting a client to walk in the door for their first appointment, I’m surprised to see two people walk through the door. The first thing I ask is to be introduced. Then I ask them what their relationship is. That may seem intrusive and nosy — especially when I ask […]

How Long Will It Take Me to Get My Patent?

{3:15 minutes to read} 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.” I often say that a typical case takes about 2 – 3 years. To understand why, we need to look at patent law history. Previously, […]

Guidelines for Choosing a Trademark

I’m often asked the question, “How do you choose a trademark?”  There are some specific rules on how to choose a good trademark. I’m not going to talk about the marketing aspect of whether a name inspires people to purchase your product or engage you for a service — I’ll leave that to the marketing […]

The Case of Experience v. Enthusiasm: Why Not Both?

My mailman is not really sure about me. On any given day, I might receive a magazine from the American Bar Association for senior lawyers called Experience, alongside brochures about how to wind down my practice and ease into retirement. In the same delivery, the mailman would be equally likely to leave a copy of […]

“Pro Tips” for Your Prototype

People always ask, “Well I haven’t built a prototype, can I apply for a patent?” And the truth of the matter is: you don’t need a prototype to apply for a patent.                      If you are going to build a prototype, I’d love to share some […]

Who Owns That Copyright?

We’ve been talking a little bit about copyright, and how an author owns a copyright or copyrights as soon as their work is put into fixed media. Whether it’s written on a piece of paper, saved on a hard drive, or chiseled into stone, a copyright exists. Now the question is: Who owns that copyright? 

Copyrights 101: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Last time, we talked about how to get a copyright and when it takes effect. There are many things we use in our daily lives and you may wonder who owns the copyright.

Copyrights 101: What You Need to Know

Copyright is an area of intellectual property that is just as important as patents and trademarks. There are a lot of questions and misconceptions about copyright:  How do you get a copyright? Who owns the copyright? When does a copyright take effect?  Step 1 – Date of Creation  In 1989, the United States became a […]

Help! Do I Need a Trademark [or] Service Mark [or] Wordmark?

Trademark law is complicated. I hope to help educate and simplify very dense explanations through my blog articles to clients, colleagues, and the public. In a recent conversation, I was asked:  “If someone owns a “service mark” on a particular phrase, can someone else own the “word mark” on that same phrase, too? For example, […]