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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 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 August 2020   Here is yet another reason to file your trademarks early, in every country in which you are now or likely will within the next ten years, be doing business.  The following is a cautionary tale of timing in filing a trademark. Many countries have a “first-to-file” law…

Check out this article from IP Watchdog to better understand the importance of innovation and the patenting system in the US. Do you have questions on the importance of patents?  Contact us today! “Patented Innovations Create the Future” by John White Ad brought to you by © The Maxham Firm 2018 11682 El Camino Real, Suite…

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,…

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…

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…

Areas of Practice The Maxham Firm provides legal services in the field of intellectual property, specializing primarily in patent and trademark law. The Maxham Firm Patent Attorneys provides legal services in the field of intellectual property, specializing primarily in patent and trademark law. Each attorney is a members of the California bar and are registered to…

The Maxham Firm is able to work directly with clients to deeply understand their IP needs and build their ideas into legally protected IP. Our boutique law firm gives you direct access to our experienced attorneys who specialize primarily in patent and trademark law. This direct access means that our attorneys, and support staff, have…

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