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 California

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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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The Importance of a Professional Patent Search

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Advice, News | 0 comments

This is a well written article about the importance of a professional patent search and is directed to inventors and non-patent attorneys. Close attention is invited to the third and the last two paragraphs. Very often what is immediately apparent to an inventor is not what the situation actually is when assessed by an experienced patent attorney. Patent Searches: A Great Opportunity to Focus on What is Unique Like us on Facebook for real time updates on Patent and Trademark issues....

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What You Need to Know Before You File: The Benefits of a Professional Trademark Search

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Advice, News | 0 comments

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 applied to the products to which they relate, distinguish those products provided by other sources, and indicate the source of origin of those products. Secondary functions of trademarks are to indicate quality and consistency, and...

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Welcome To The Maxham Firm

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Banner | 0 comments

Welcome To The Maxham Firm

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 practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm was founded in 1984 by experienced patent and trademark lawyers and is based in San Diego. It regularly represents...

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