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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…

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…

Michael Jordan and New Balance Trademark Cases Provided with Permissions by: Vivien Chan & Co. Newsletter of May 2020 Click Here to View Newsletter! For current information as to how US trademarks are faring in China, see these two articles from a personal friend, Vivien Chan, who has one of the largest IP firms in…

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…

As a relatively new member of the WTO, China is very aware of the importance of trademarks and having a trademark system that is fair, functions efficiently, and is respected worldwide. How can the new revisions to the Chinese trademark system help you and your Intellectual Property?

Here are some important considerations as you move from an idea, “wouldn’t it be nice if…,” to an actual invention. They are clearly set out in this article by Gene Quinn from ipwatchdog.com. Beyond the Slice and Dice: Turning Your Idea into an Invention

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