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Track One and Done! Patent allowed in under 4 months.

We are so happy to hear another client will be receiving her patent in under a year. It was my client’s idea to expedite her application. We did a patent search, and found nothing. We decided to go ahead and[...]

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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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