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People who have filed to register a trademark in the USPTO have likely received scam notices of the type addressed by these recent blogs from the USPTO. Additionally, we warn every trademark client about these scams. We even go as far as to use The Maxham Firm as the trademark owner’s contact address so that…

Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham Coming up with an invention or trademark is an innovative feat and is an integral component to your businesses success. Whether you are just beginning your intellectual property (IP) journey or have some experience under your belt, the Maxham Firm wants to make sure you are prepared for a potential…

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham There is a longstanding story, likely apocryphal, that in the late 1800’s, the Commissioner of Patents said he was going to resign because everything worth inventing had been invented (the sewing machine, the cotton gin, telegraphy, and on and on). And yet, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)…

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham  Why, you might ask, would I spend money to obtain a patent in Hong-Kong?  There are a number of reasons why it could make business sense to get a Hong Kong patent if you already are planning to file a patent application in China or the UK. Among them are:…

Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham Why are so many patents filed in China? Simply put, the Chinese governments pay them to file in China and abroad, that’s why. China leads the world in patent and trademark filings, at least partially for this reason. Thus, their impact on filings in the US cannot be underestimated. In…

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham Design patents are growing strength in the US. Over the years design patents had been relegated to also-ran, or poor cousin status, in relation to utility patents. However, results in court over the last couple of decades would belie that status. A great example of this trend toward the value…

Why Investing in a Professional Pre-Filing Patent Search Before You File a Patent Application is Usually a Good Idea Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham  Patents can be a vital asset to your business. They generally take quite a bit of time and resources from filing to issuance. A professional patent search can help you determine…

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