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Ugg(R) Gives Aussie Sheepskin Footwear Makers the Boot

News flash – Uggs® are not from Australia, at least not anymore. They are actually made in China. But you wouldn’t necessarily know that from their packaging. Technically, the trademark is just UGG®–without Australia. Deckers Outdoors, based in California, owns[...]

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A New “Slant” on Disparaging Trademarks

Portland, Oregon based rock band The Slants won back the right to trademark their name. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office had denied Simon Tam and his Asian-American bandmates a trademark on grounds it disparages that ethnic group. Tam appealed[...]

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One–and done! Utility patent allowed in 9 months flat.

There is good news for one of my patent clients this week. His utility patent application for a consumer home-décor product was allowed nine months after we filed. No rejections, no amendments–just a Notice of Allowance. I have older patent[...]

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New Merchandise Mart / River North location now open!

Can I be in two places at once? Yes! I’ve just opened a second location at Chicago’s uber (not Uber) tech hub Merchandise Mart. I’m really there and just down the hall from 1871 and Matter, and steps from the[...]

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IKEA takes the high road with their low-end bag

In my line of work, people take their ideas very seriously. Frankly, that’s why my job exists. Patents and trademarks help people protect what they create. You get a patent or a trademark, then threaten to sue anyone who copies[...]

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“I would never want to navigate the patent process on my own”

News doesn’t get any better than this. I work hard to be the kind of attorney I would want to hire. Not only smart, but cares about me and my case. She enjoys her work and treats me as more than an[...]

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How much does a patent cost?

This is probably my most frequently asked question. It is a very important one, too. A patent is a very powerful legal document. It gives you the right to sue someone for making, using, selling or importing your product without[...]

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Can I file my own patent or trademark application?

These days, it seems everyone wants to do it yourself. I love this can-do spirit. People are building their own homes, growing their own vegetables, sewing their own clothes. And for every project, there is a YouTube video that shows[...]

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Do I really need a patent search?

Many clients come to me stoked about a new product they’ve created. Their enthusiasm is contagious, I must admit, and this is truly the best part of my practice. They’ve never seen it anywhere. They’ve done a search on Google[...]

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You Get(ty) what you pay for

Or what you don’t pay for. We all have seen the copyright notices on movies, books and photographs, and we know not to copy them without permission. But what about when there is no notice? How many of us surf[...]

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