My Decade Since the Patent Bar Exam

On September 9, 2008, I was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent. I received my number: 63,079.

The Latest Fashion in Fashion Patents

By Patricia Werschulz and Sandra Holtzman What do fashion designers and famous clothing brands such as Jimmy Choo®, Christian Dior®, Louis Vuitton® and Crocs® have in common?

How Long Does a Patent Last?

“How long will my patent last? What are my rights?” These are questions I’m often asked at the beginning of the patent process. A utility patent lasts for 20 years after the date it was filed. Usually, the next question is if it’s possible to extend a patent. The answer is no, except in some […]

The Strategy Behind Filing Provisional Patent Applications

{3:40 minutes to read} In a previous article we discussed the timeline of a provisional patent application. In this article, we continue to explore the strategy that can be applied to this type of application.  

Design Patents Make Life Richer

I write this from the New Jersey Bar Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City — and I’m thinking about tail lights, slot machines, and faucets. What do they have in common? They’re all protected by design patents. We may not think about design patents that much, but the next time you’re stuck on the Garden […]

What Are the Steps to Get a Utility Patent?

When you start the patenting process for a utility patent, there are two types of applications to consider — provisional & nonprovisional. Which one to start with is a matter of budget and strategy.

America Has Reached 10,000,000 Patents … and Counting

June 18, 2018, was a very important day in the world of U.S. patents. It was a landmark, a real milestone because, on June 18th, patent number 10 million was issued. What’s interesting is that it took 120 years to reach the millionth patent — but if you look at how things have progressed, the […]

The Patent Process: What Non-IP Lawyers Need to Know

In this practical webinar, you will learn how an idea or invention moves through the Patent Office to become a patent. Understanding the process will help you counsel clients who receive a cease and desist letter, inherit a patent, defend against a patent holder, or evaluate whether buying or licensing a patent is a good […]

Strategy for Starting Out With the Correct Patent Application!

Previously, I outlined how to move a patent application through a patent office in approximately a year’s time and the strategy involved in doing so. Personally, I believe a holistic patent strategy is imperative for my clients — an examination of all aspects of the client’s business and how it relates to the patent process […]

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. […]