(Co-authored with Pranita Dharmadhikari) E-commerce has had remarkable growth in recent years. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses are moving online in unprecedented numbers. Selling online makes it so easy to sell internationally. Welcome to 2020. Protecting innovative products therefore has become more important than ever. Many clients have come to us with […]
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) considers the Coronavirus outbreak an “extraordinary situation.” As a result, the USPTO modified both patent and trademark regulations. “The USPTO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors and entrepreneurs and is working on a variety of measures to incentivize, protect, and disseminate COVID-19 related innovation.” Andrei Iancu Kudos to the […]
A few weeks ago, I published a post about Artificial Intelligence Patent Inventors, which reported that three patent offices declined patent inventorship to an AI inventor. Recently, a client asked me whether a corporation qualifies as a patent inventor. Great question. Just like AI, corporations cannot be patent inventors. Patent Inventors A patent inventor contributes […]
On April 27, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a decision declining to extend patent inventorship to an Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) named DABUS. The decision found that the application did not name an “inventor.” Who is DABUS? DABUS stands for “Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience”. The USPTO is […]
Everywhere we look we hear of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on health, businesses, social lives, and personal grooming. On the other side of this devastation is a significant increase in creativity and innovation designed to fight COVID-19. A glimmer of hope in an otherwise stormy landscape. As reported by the Word Economic Forum: […]
COVID-19 and Coronavirus Trademarks “gone viral” Not so long ago, COVID-19 and Coronavirus were not in my vocabulary. How about you? That was then. This is now. The terms COVID-19 and Coronavirus are now everywhere. These terms are part of the news, social media, and every conversation. Applications with the word COVID-19 and Coronavirus trademarks […]
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal information so you can secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic: The Emergence of Patent Heroes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Yes, you […]
Introducing: The Coronavirus and Small Business Law Series You are confident and committed and destined to “Wow the World” with your business! You’re working day and night to create something amazing. Then the Coronavirus comes to town. Suddenly the unknown vulnerability and worry leaves you feeling a bit overwhelmed. What are your legal risks? That’s […]
Trademark Alert A newly enacted USPTO rule in effect February 15, 2020 makes electronic communication mandatory in all trademark matters. The Trademark Communication Rule at a Glance 🔷 All communication with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Trademark matters must be electronic. 🔷 All trademark applications and documents must be filed using […]
Your business identity includes your company name, product name, tagline, and/or logo. Your business identity is personal, emotional, AND valuable. Registering the trademark for each business identity is a low-priced, high value action to secure your success. Trademark Symbol Before Federal Registration Whenever and wherever you use your business identity, let people know it’s yours […]
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