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Utility vs. Design Patents: Determining Your Patent Options

Posted 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...

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

Posted 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...

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American Company Achieves Big Intellectual Property Win in China

Posted 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...

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Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

Posted 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 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,...

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