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...

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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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Filing Provisional Patent Applications: Is it the Right Move for Me?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

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, provisional applications provide an inventor a set filing date for their invention. The filing (priority) date lasts for only one year before a full patent application must be filed, or it is abandoned. Since...

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American Company Achieves Big Intellectual Property Win in China

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in News | 0 comments

New Balance, the athletic shoe and apparel company based in Massachusetts, won a landmark victory in a trademark infringement case in China. Three Chinese shoemakers have been ordered by the Chinese IP Court in Beijing to pay 10 million yuan ($1.5 million US) to New Balance for infringing the slanted “N” logo. This appears to be in tune with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s efforts to change the course of China with respect to infringements by Chinese companies of foreign IP rights.  People have asked me for the past three...

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Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in News | 0 comments

If you have employees in California, you will surely face employee departures. This article addresses some of the very important details that employers need to prepare for ahead of such departure time, and attend to when the departure occurs. Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in...

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Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Basics: Guidelines and Estimates

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Advice, News | 0 comments

(Ad) Foreign patent filing can be an expensive and complicated process. The Maxham Firm can guide you through this process with ease while remaining budget friendly and one way to do that is to use the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). While there are many contingencies on which PCT and foreign filing hinge, here are some basics to starting the process, along with some broad investment estimates. There are two primary routes available for filing patent applications in foreign countries.  One route is that you can file directly in each foreign...

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Foreign Filing for Patents and Trademarks

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Advice, News | 0 comments

The Maxham Firm’s Information for Foreign Filing (Ad) There is no such thing as an international patent or trademark; however, there is an ongoing treaty, the 1883 Paris Convention, in which most countries around the world participate to cover international patent and trademark filings. Under the Paris Convention, an applicant has one year after filing a patent application in their home country within which to file in other countries that are members of the treaty. The benefit of this treaty is that the home country filing date is the...

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International Aspects of Patent and Trademark Laws

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Advice, News | 0 comments

Why Hiring a Small Firm for International Business is Valuable Written by: Lawrence A. Maxham of The Maxham Firm (May 2017) (Ad) 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 boundaries may be significant, or even important, is essential. Over several decades of IP practice on a worldwide basis, I have met and worked with compatriots from many countries. By being involved in national and...

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