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Frederic March Douglas

Frederic Douglas’s Legal Guides

93 total


  • Reasons for Refusing Trademark Registration

    When you apply for registering a trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, your application may be refused for several reasons Likely to Cause Confusion With Another Mark Did someone else bea

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  • “US Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark”: What Does It Mean?

    Today the news media is abuzz with discussion of the cancellation of the “Redskins trademarks” belonging to a U.S. football team, the Washington Redskins. Despite the comments by television talking he

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  • Litigation of Chemical Composition Patents

    U.S. law forbids making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing patented chemicals. Ever since the first U.S. patent (1790 patent granted for manufacturing potash), chemicals and processes f

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  • Literal Patent Infringement

    In the general case, the application of claims involves applying written limitations to the accused structure. After the Claim Terms are Interpreted, Literal Patent Infringement Analysis Begins Once

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  • Patent Infringement - General Principles by Attorney Frederic M. Douglas

    In court, proving the infringement charge includes at least two steps: (1) interpretation of the patent claims; and (2) application of the interpreted claims to some activity of the alleged infringer.

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  • Patent Infringement Under the Doctrine of Equivalents

    The Doctrine of Equivalents prevents an accused infringer from avoiding infringement by changing only minor or insubstantial details of a claimed invention while retaining the essential functionality

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  • Eight Tips For Inventors Planning To File A Patent Application

    Frederic M. Douglas, 2010. All Rights Reserved 1. When you get your stroke of genius and come up with an idea, WRITE IT DOWN! You need to create a record ofyour invention before going any further. You should list: (a) A full and complete description of your idea; (b) The dat...

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  • Sync Licensing Income for Songwriters

    Sync Licensing Income for Songwriters Copyright 2012 Frederic M. Douglas. All Rights Reserved. Songwriters may make money from public performance fees (such as when someone does the song at a concert) and mechanical licenses (such as when a record company pays the publisher for...

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  • Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention Before Getting A Patent

    Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention By Frederic M. Douglas; freddouglas.wordpress.com January 14, 2002, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved. Q.When does an offer to sell bar patenting an invention? A.When acommercialoffer of sale is made. General Discussion...

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  • Public Performance Fees For Songwriters

    Public Performance Fees For Songwriters By Frederic M. Douglas 2012, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved. Songwriting income usually comes from mechanical license fees and public performance fees. Mechanical License Fees - Mechanical license fees are paid by a record comp...

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