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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Continues to Operate During Government Shutdown

For my clients wondering about the federal government shutdown: The Patent & Trademark Office continues to operate. Their website reported this late Saturday ,January 20: While activities across much of the federal government ceased at 12:01 a.m. January 20, 2018,[...]

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Celebrating our 6th Anniversary!

The law office celebrated its 6th anniversary this summer. We continue to grow, strengthen and diversify. We opened a second, satellite, office in the celebrated Merchandise Mart, in downtown Chicago. Six patents issued. These represented inventions in the fields of[...]

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Immoral and Scandalous Trademark Clause gets “FUCT” by First Amendment

This is not your grandmother’s trademark. At least for now, you may be able to trademark “immoral and scandalous” words as “FUCT.” The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that trademarks are a form of personal expression, even if used[...]

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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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