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How can you patent software? Go ask alice.

Here’s a simple question I get a lot.  How can I patent my software?  I’ve got this great app.  How do I protect it? The answer should be simple, right?  Computers are machines.  Machines are built by men and are[...]

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Cool patent: Furniture for Generating Green Energy

No time to ride your bike to Starbucks?  Ride your “bike” at Starbucks, and charge your iPhone while you sit.  Neat, huh?  U.S. Patent Application 2014/0194257 by Belgian WeWatt.    [...]

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Look ma, no soil!

First there was hydroponics.  Now there is aeroponics.  Check out this amazing Garden Tower.  My friend’s rocking two different kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, peas, basil, dill and peas…a farmer’s market in the space of a grill.  She planted[...]

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A registered trademark of Major League Baseball…

Cubs Sue ‘Unofficial Mascot’ for Trademark Infringement At first glance, the press begs the question of whether this is a defensible fair use or dilution/trademark infringement? However, if I were the defendants, I would raise a completely different argument.  Who[...]

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Hope springs eternal…springing for more money, that is.

This is the second client in a month coming to me after contacting an invention promotion company.  This firm at least did a respectable patentability search, but they buried it in 200 pages of a slick, yearbook-looking Product Summary Digest.  180[...]

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My Mother is the Necessity…or why you still need business cards in 2014.

On a more personal note, thank you, Mom, for always carrying my business cards with you.  They helped you reclaim your lost wallet in Paris 20 years ago, and they put me in touch with a prospective client at your[...]

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You can catch more flies with honey than with a lawyer…

Here’s how a little civlity, humility and professionalism averted what could have been a lengthy and expensive trademark dispute.  We should all strive to follow their example; I wish they could all go this smoothly. It wasn’t really a course,[...]

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What will come between you and your Calvins, or is your undershirt giving you a reputation?

That was in part the question asked by Chicago Tribune business columnist Phil Rosenthal last Sunday.  Dismayed at the decline in fabric quality and workmanship in his favorite CK undershirts, he asked Klein’s brand managers to answer for the multi-billion[...]

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(Saying) Less is More

These days, everyone seems to want to be a startup, or help startups get started. The term “startup” is so overused it has become cliche. Public and private organizations everywhere have jumped on the bandwagon, offering classes on how to[...]

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