Month: November 2014

Why Should You Perform a Trademark Search?

Trademark searches help trademark applicants ensure that their trademark will not violate any already existing trademarks, resulting in application refusals or other legal difficulties. Trademark searches are always conducted when trademark applications are filed with the USPTO by an examining…

Trade Dress: What It Is, and How to Protect It

Trademarks and service marks inform consumers of the provider’ identity. Similarly, when the overall appearance of a product or service – including such elements as distinctive packaging, product shape, configuration, or even its color – becomes sufficiently fixed in consumers’…

Can Somebody Steal My Idea and Get Their Own Patent?

In March of 2013, the America Invents Ac t (AIA) implemented the “first-inventor-to-file” patent system, which replaced the “first-to-invent” patent system. This change worried many, making them feel that the true inventor was now trumped by the effective filing date…

Patent Search for Prior Art

Patent searches may be performed to gather market information, to track technological advances or even to better understand the conventions for patent structure and vocabulary. While these are all valid reasons to perform a patent search, the most common reason…