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I have the best legal job ever!   I especially enjoy when an entrepreneur comes to me with an amazing, unique new invention.   Patenting that invention adds so much value! “Inventions cannot be judged on patent parameters, but patents have the ability to take inventions very far” ― Kalyan C. Kankanala, Fun IP, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property The Benefits of A Patented Invention Patent protection allows the patent owner to exclude everyone else from making,…
    With each passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges businesses around the world. Companies are faced with attempting to carry on their business in an uncertain and ever-changing environment.  Mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions are just one of many impacted business arenas.  To be successful, transacting parties must identify and mitigate novel risks and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was such a pleasure to present “M&A 2020”, along with Sagacity Legal’s Patent…
(Co-authored with Pranita Dharmadhikari) E-commerce has had remarkable growth in recent years.  In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, businesses are moving online in unprecedented numbers.  Selling online makes it so easy to sell internationally.   Welcome to 2020. Protecting innovative products therefore has become more important than ever.  Many clients have come to us with amazing inventions; wanting to protect their invention globally.   Their question: “Can I get a worldwide patent?” That certainly makes sense,…
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) considers the Coronavirus outbreak an “extraordinary situation.”  As a result, the USPTO modified both patent and trademark regulations. “The USPTO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with inventors and entrepreneurs and is working on a variety of measures to incentivize, protect, and disseminate COVID-19 related innovation.” Andrei Iancu Kudos to the USPTO! USPTO COVID-19 Programs: USPTO COVID-19 Response Resource Center The USPTO’s COVID-19 Response Resource Center creates a central hub for…
Everywhere we look we hear of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on health, businesses, social lives, and personal grooming.   On the other side of this devastation is a significant increase in creativity and innovation designed to fight COVID-19.  A glimmer of hope in an otherwise stormy landscape.   As reported by the Word Economic Forum: “From Spiderman-esque wrist-mounted disinfectant sprays, to a wristband that buzzes whenever you’re about to touch your face, a wealth…
COVID-19 and Coronavirus Trademarks “gone viral” Not so long ago, COVID-19 and Coronavirus were not in my vocabulary. How about you? That was then. This is now. The terms COVID-19 and Coronavirus are now everywhere.  These terms are part of the news, social media, and every conversation. Applications with the word COVID-19 and Coronavirus trademarks have also “gone viral”. Why? COVID-19 and Coronavirus Trademark Applications Registering a trademark is a low-priced, high value action for…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal practices to help secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic:  Protecting Children’s Privacy in Online Learning   While scrolling through Facebook last week,  I came upon a teacher’s post sharing a joyful moment teaching an online learning class.  How heartwarming to read…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal tips to help you secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic.  With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic: Pivoting from Brick & Mortar to an Online Business during the Coronavirus Pandemic I’ve been privileged to work with some fantastic businesses! With their brick and mortar businesses shuttered, these entrepreneurs…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal information so you can secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic.  With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. Today’s topic:  The Emergence of Patent Heroes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Yes, you heard me right: Patent Heroes. I’ve spent over twenty years helping creators protect their innovation.  As a patent attorney, that’s…
THE CORONAVIRUS AND SMALL BUSINESS LAW SERIES This blog post series provides key legal strategies, practices, and policies to help you secure your business success during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this knowledge, you can return to what you do best – your service or product. In the first of this series, I discussed key intellectual property practices to protect your uniqueness. The second of this series covered personal device usage, or more commonly known…