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Copyright, Patent, or Trademark: Which One Is Right for You?

  Intellectual property law is notoriously complicated, so it’s no wonder that the defining issues can be confusing. Intellectual property, in general, refers to ownership of goods that are intangible or that can’t be held – creations of the mind – and are, therefore, harder to protect. Once you understand the basic distinctions between copyrights, …

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Patent Application – The Benefits of Early IP Protection

Intellectual property – or IP – is a very complicated area of law. New ideas are typically protected in the form of patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. While U.S. law allows for individuals to file patent applications themselves, it is advisable to retain the services of an experienced intellectual property and patent attorney. Our …

How to Protect Valuable Intellectual Property despite California’s Policy against the Enforcement of Employee Covenants Not to Compete

Our firm is frequently contacted by companies and small business owners who request that we prepare agreements for them that would prevent or limit their employees from engaging in competitive work following the end of the employment relationship. Specifically, what many businesses are looking for is to include a “covenant not to compete” or “non-compete …

VIRTUAL PATENT MARKINGS

The America Invents Act (AIA) allows patented products to be marked “virtually” by using a notice directing consumers to visit a site on the internet. See USPTO’s Report on Virtual Markings, September 2014.  To comply with virtual marking requirements, the owner must mark the product itself, or the product’s packaging if it is not possible …

ARCH-SUPPORTING SOCK – Patent No.: US 9,439,457 B2

[su_box title=”DOWNLOAD PDF – Patent No.: US 9,439,457 B2″]Click here to download the PDF document for this patent. [/su_box] ARCH-SUPPORTING SOCK TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION [0001]             The present invention relates in general to an arch-supporting sock, and more specifically, to a sock which provides additional support and stability to the arch of the …

MOBILE DEVICE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED TOOL – Patent No.: US 9402453 B2

[su_box title=”DOWNLOAD PDF – Patent No.: US 9,402,453 B2″]Click here to download the PDF document for this patent. [/su_box] MOBILE DEVICE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS WITH INTEGRATED TOOL PRIORITY NOTICE [0001] The present application is a continuation of Application No. 14/482,683, filed September 10, 2014, which claims Priority from Provisional Application 61/913,841 filed on December 9, 2013, …

MOVABLE BARRIER OPERATOR CONFIGURED FOR REMOTE ACTUATION – Patent No.: US 9,317,985 B2

[su_box title=”DOWNLOAD PDF – Patent No.: US 9,317,985 B2″]Click here to download the PDF document for this patent. [/su_box] PRIORITY NOTICE [0001] The present application is a continuation of Application No. 14/729,533, filed June 3, 2015, which is a continuation of Application No. 14/621,233, filed February 12, 2015, which claims Priority from Provisional Application 62/084,471, …

SENSOR HOLDING APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING DENTAL IMAGING – Patent No.: US 9,247,916 B2

[su_box title=”DOWNLOAD PDF – Patent No.: US 9,247,916 B2″]Click here to download the PDF document for this patent. [/su_box] PRIORITY NOTICE [0001] This present application is a continuation-in-part of, and claims the benefit under 35 U.S.C. §120 to, U.S. Non-provisional Patent Application 14/151734, filed on January 9, 2014, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein …