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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…

Mexico is a nation of 130 million people and is one of our nation’s closest trading partners. However, there seems to be some reluctance for U.S. companies to file patent applications in Mexico. This reluctance makes little sense when you consider that Mexico is right next door to the U.S. and is already a major…

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…

Intellectual Property and the Pandemic Written by Lawrence A. Maxham As a small business, The Maxham Firm understands the tough decisions you have had to make to keep your business going through the Covid-19 pandemic. We also understand that some businesses are reducing their patent portfolios to save money as their operations are restricted or…

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…

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