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Author: Ury Fischer

Purpose of Trademark Law

November 20, 2018 | by | Trademark Law

Trademark law is designed to protect the consumer goodwill which merchants develop through the use of trademarks and service marks. This goal is achieved by preventing would-be infringers from using similar marks which could confuse consumers into thinking that these goods or services originate from the original mark owner. A […]

Patentable Inventions

November 20, 2018 | by | Patent Law

Not all inventions are patentable. An invention must fall within one of four categories provided in the U.S. patent laws. These categories include: machines, articles of manufacture, composition of matter and processes. Also patentable are any improvements made upon these categories. As a result, laws of nature, mathematical formulas, and […]

Patent Notice

November 20, 2018 | by | Patent Law

Once the patent office grants a patent, the patentee may notify the public of the existence of the patent by adding the words “patented” or “U.S. Patent No.” along with the patent number, to be marked on the articles marketed or sold in conjunction with the patent. In the absence […]

Patent Pending

November 20, 2018 | by | Patent Law

Once an application has been filed, the owner of the application may use the words “PATENT PENDING”. While this language does not confer any substantive rights, it serves to put the public on notice of the pending application and is a deterrent to infringement. During the pendency of the patent […]

Patent Searches

November 20, 2018 | by | Patent Law

The inventor should consider commissioning a preliminary patentability search prior to applying for a patent. A search will provide information concerning whether the invention is patentably distinct from inventions already patented (“prior art”). While preliminary patentability search is not a prerequisite to filling a patent application, it is highly advisable […]