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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…

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham A patent applies to a new structure, apparatus, or process that can produce an improved and useful result. Here we are focusing on trademarks. What Qualifies as a Trademark? A trademark is a mark used in trade. A mark can be words, symbols, designs (logos), or a combination that, when…

This article relates the importance of innovation to the US economy, and how essential patents and the licensing of patents are to the realization of the fruits of the invention. Innovation is a Terrible Thing to Waste

I expect most people who will read this have become tired of the “B”-word in relation to the vote by citizens of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU, so it will not be used here. It is likely that people who have EU or UK patents and trademarks will, at minimum,…

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