From Idea to Invention

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in News | 0 comments

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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Why Engineering Companies Get into IP Trouble: Five Tips to Mitigate the Risks

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in News | 0 comments

  This article is written by a knowledgeable, experienced patent agent and is addressed to small and medium-sized companies. It contains some important concepts and advice. Why Engineering Companies Get into IP Trouble: Five Tips to Mitigate the Risks   Original article published on IPWatchdog.com By Susana Kuehne August 19, 2019

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Why Should A Person Apply For A Patent? Let Me Count The Reasons!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in News | 0 comments

At the outset, patents are valuable business assets. They may have different values or levels of value depending upon many factors. In order for a business to determine whether or not to go forward with the patent process, several factors need to be considered. Many businesses invest in their patent portfolio in order to protect their assets, deter copying, profit from licensing, promote company recognition/branding, create trade value, and/or validate success in their chosen field.   Protecting Assets: The most obvious determination for...

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Should You Register Your Trademark? Part 3

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham Part 3 of our Should Your Register Your Trademark? series  will take a look at the importance of filing for registration of your trademark as soon as possible. It is imperative that you register your trademark as soon as you have chosen your mark, have had a professional search done and the results professionally evaluated (see Part 1 of this series for more information), and the search shows that there is no clear conflict with any prior mark. All of the above steps are set out to potentially avoid the...

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Should You Register Your Trademark? Part 2

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Continuing our series Should You Register Your Trademark? Part 2 will explore the importance of goodwill in the marketplace and why it is important to act quickly on protecting your trademark and brand. But first, it may be helpful to set out some of the basic values of trademarks to your business. The Importance of Establishing Trademark Rights ASAP A trademark is the most important asset of any business. As long as it is used, it just gets stronger and represents increasing goodwill of the business. A trademark may be words, letters,...

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Should You Register Your Trademark? Part 1

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in News | 0 comments

The Maxham Firm has over 50 years of experience in patent and trademark law. With so many years under our belt, we have identified some of the most common mistakes many businesses make when budgeting for their new business endeavor. In this month’s series, Should You Register Your Trademark?, we will explore three common scenarios businesses face when considering whether or not they should pursue their Intellectual Property (IP) rights. If you find yourself in the following situations, it might be time to consider the merits of registering...

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The Importance of Patents and Innovation

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in News | 0 comments

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 100, San Diego, CA 92130

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Your European Patent Can Now Be Validated in Cambodia

Posted by on Apr 9, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Your European Patent Can Now Be Validated in Cambodia Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham Cambodia joins the 38 member states of the European Patent Organization (EPO) with a validation agreement. For all EPO patent applications filed on or after 1 March 2018, Cambodia is automatically designated. The validation fee, now under $250, must be paid within six months after the European search report is published, or within two months later with a surcharge. Failure to timely pay the validation fee results in the withdrawal of possible rights under the...

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The Real Statistics of Patent Litigation in China

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham When it comes to patent litigation in China, the popular beliefs, based either on old facts or maybe even on no facts, are that China ignores patents and treats foreign-owned patents with a decided lack of regard. Empirical data shows that in one recent year (2014), of 1.3 million patents issued in China, only about 7% are foreign-owned. Strangely, an analysis of patents litigated in China shows that about 7% were owned by non-Chinese entities. What is even more interesting, Chinese courts grant injunctions to...

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Utility vs. Design Patents: Determining Your Patent Options

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Written By: Lawrence A. Maxham December 2017 What is a utility patent? A utility patent covers the function and structure of products, systems, or processes, and improvements therefor. The disclosure for a utility patent is a complete description of all aspects of the structure and functions of the invention. The drawings are for assistance in supporting the text and enabling the reader to visualize what the words say. What is a design patent? The disclosure for a design patent consists of the drawing figures, which must show all aspects of...

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