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  • How do I Select a Patent Attorney?

    Here are some things to consider in the selection of a patent attorney. 1. The Working Relationship The patenting process is often lengthy: 2-3 years is not unusual. It is a process that absoultely

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  • THE ISSUE OF "DILUTION" IN THE AREA OF TRADEMARKS

    Dilution occurs when a company uses a similar mark to one that is famous and this causes injury to the reputation of the owner of the trademark. Generally speaking a company obtains a trademark to brand a business and establish a certain identity in the marketplace. Dilutionis th...

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  • THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY

    Individuals have rights that are personal to them. One of these rights is the right of publicity. Each State has different limitations regarding this right so consultation with an attorney who is familiar with the State law is needed. The first question is "What exactly is the R...

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  • PATENT INVENTORSHIP VERSUS PATENT OWNERSHIP

    The ownership of a patent is important because the owner of the patent enjoys all the rights, title and interest granted by the patent. The owner of the patent can do the following with his/her patent: 1. License the patent rights to one or more third parties. 2. Sell the patent ...

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  • THE PITFALLS OF ADOPTION OR “WHY DO I NEED AN ADOPTION LAWYER?”

    While adoption law may sound relatively straightforward, it is full of pitfalls for the unwary or uninformed. Many attorneys are often asked to handle the occasional adoption either for a friend or a family member. It is a practice that is heartwarming when it works and heartbre...

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  • WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH “NEW MATTER” IN A PATENT APPLICATION?

    It is well established that a single patent application can only describe a single invention. It is not at all unusual for a utility patent application to be ten to fifteen pages in length. The PTO (Patent and Trademark Office) dictates the various sections of the application a...

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  • One Significant Change to the Patent Law - The First to File

    Congress recently enacted and the President signed a major overhaul to the Patent Statute, called the . There were siginificant changes to the Patent Statute and perhpas the most discussed in the "first to file" change. Prior to this legislation the United States had a adopted a...

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  • Do You Have a Trademark?

    A common mistake among business owners is failing to protect the assets of their business. There are physical, tangible assets, and then there are the more abstract, but just as important, intangible assets. One of the most frequently overlooked intangible assets is the trademar...

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  • Is an Attorney always needed in a Social Security case?

    Often a potential Social Security client will cal my office after initially being denied and seek my assistance in prosecuting the appeal of the case. The question that arises is at what point is an attorney needed to help a potential Social Security applicant. I have had potenti...

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  • Can my Social Security Benefits be Garnished?

    Garnishment is a process by which a creditor (credit card, car loan etc) is allowed withdraw money from your account because of a debt. There are certainsteps that the creditor must take before that can happen and there are certain limits on the amount that can be taken. The ques...

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