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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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P(R)esident T(R)ump

You may have heard that President Trump has just applied to trademark “KEEP AMERICA GREAT.” In fact, he has applied for two trademarks in this phrase. You may not know that Trump already has two registered trademarks for “MAKE AMERICA[...]

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Paul McCartney sues Sony to GET BACK Copyrights

In other IP news, Sir Paul McCartney yesterday sued Sony/ATV Music Publishing to reclaim ownership of his songs. In court papers filed at the U.S. District Court (S.D.N.Y.) in Manhattan, McCartney seeks a declaratory judgment from the court that copyright[...]

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Three Stripes and You’re Out! (of a Trademark)

Adidas successfully opposes Etonic’s application for a trademark for athletic shoes. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ruled that Etonic’s stylized E (left) looks too much like Adidas’ famous three stripes. Three stripes on shoes since 1952, national sales in the billions, partnerships with[...]

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Have your coffee and wear it too?

The law office comes out of hibernation with news of an invention that will warm your inside as well as out–Coffee yarn! Cheng-Chun Huang of Taiwan discovered a way to infuse yarn with coffee grounds. The yarn can be knit[...]

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Niles North High School Engineering Design & Development class welcomes Lesley Wallerstein

Thrilled to be invited back for another presentation with Robb Barton’s Engineering Design & Development class at Niles North High School. They will learn what patents are, what patents can (and cannot) do, whether they can patent software, the benefits of[...]

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