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Your European Patent Can Now Be Validated in Cambodia Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham Cambodia joins the 38 member states of the European Patent Organization (EPO) with a validation agreement. For all EPO patent applications filed on or after 1 March 2018, Cambodia is automatically designated. The validation fee, now under $250, must be paid…

Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham When it comes to patent litigation in China, the popular beliefs, based either on old facts or maybe even on no facts, are that China ignores patents and treats foreign-owned patents with a decided lack of regard. Empirical data shows that in one recent year (2014), of 1.3 million patents…

An experienced patent attorney can guide you through the necessary analysis process to determine whether or not to file either or both design and utility patent applications.

Provisional Patent Applications: A History   Since being established in 1994 as an amendment to the Patent Act of 1952, which sought to create timing advantages, like that of the Paris convention of 1883 for foreign filing (you can read our previous blog on foreign filing here), provisional holds this date for foreign filing as well,…

New Balance, the athletic shoe and apparel company based in Massachusetts, won a landmark victory in a trademark infringement case in China. Three Chinese shoemakers have been ordered by the Chinese IP Court in Beijing to pay 10 million yuan ($1.5 million US) to New Balance for infringing the slanted “N” logo. This appears to be…

If you have employees in California, you will surely face employee departures. This article addresses some of the very important details that employers need to prepare for ahead of such departure time, and attend to when the departure occurs. Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

Foreign patent filing can be an expensive and complicated process. The Maxham Firm can guide you through this process with ease while remaining budget friendly and one way to do that is to use the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). While there are many contingencies on which PCT and foreign filing hinge, here are some basics…

The Maxham Firm’s Information for Foreign Filing There is no such thing as an international patent or trademark; however, there is an ongoing treaty, the 1883 Paris Convention, in which most countries around the world participate to cover international patent and trademark filings. Under the Paris Convention, an applicant has one year after filing a…

Why Hiring a Small Firm for International Business is Valuable Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham of The Maxham Firm (May 2017) In a world where commerce in products and services is not limited by national borders, a knowledge, or at least a nodding acquaintance, of how and why Intellectual Property (IP) rights beyond the US…

This is a well written article about the importance of a professional patent search and is directed to inventors and non-patent attorneys. Close attention is invited to the third and the last two paragraphs. Very often what is immediately apparent to an inventor is not what the situation actually is when assessed by an experienced…

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