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19Jul 2018
Designs for patents

Try rolling these out at the bar tonight.  You’ll be the life of the party!  Here goes: The USPTO issued its 10,000,000th patent on Tuesday June 19, 2018.  That’s 10 million patents.  The 10 millionth patent is owned by Raytheon and addresses LADAR range-finding technology, as used in self-driving cars. In 1997, the USPTO issued about 100,000 patents.  In 2007 […]

04Apr 2016
Halt

When lawyers and lay people talk about “intellectual property” (IP) they are usually referring to patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. But IP may consist of other rights including the “right of publicity.” The right of publicity refers to those rights related to control of the commercial use of one’s identity typically consisting of a […]

28Mar 2016
Designs for patents

Entire industries are built around the business model of a cheap product and expensive consumables for that product – think ink jet printers, electric toothbrushes and shaving razors.   Controlling replacement parts also is a lucrative sideline for manufacturers of big-ticket items – prime examples are automobile fenders and other collision repair parts. So why don’t […]