Are you prioritizing the wrong things in your business? We are all given 24 hours in a day. People often ask entrepreneurs how they accomplish so much in one day. It sounds cliche but it’s simple. Successful entrepreneurs prioritize their time. If you are not setting daily realistic goals during the day, you could be […]
Hopefully, many of you are taking advantage of continuing to grow your skills and expertise by attending conferences. For example, lawyers in most states are required to attend (Continuing Legal Education) CLE conferences to keep their bar licenses active. Attending conferences is also a great way to expand and grow your brand in other industries. […]
Today, I had the honor of being the last speaker at the BizTechWomen Conference held on Periscope. I discussed trademarks, the strength of marks and choosing a strong mark for your brand. Enjoy this video! Is your mark strong or weak?
Congratulations on taking the next steps to secure federal trademark registration on your trademark! Now, you’re at a crossroad! Should you really hire a trademark attorney to prosecute your trademark application? You have the right to prosecute trademark applications pro-se (without an attorney) or represented by counsel. It’s your choice. However, choose wisely! If you […]
I had a very exciting and engaging interview on Small Biz Show TV on March 9, 2016. I dispelled many myths that so many of you have about intellectual property! Enjoy this replay of the video! What is the wildest intellectual property myth you’ve heard?
Congratulations on having a business! Did you form the correct type of corporation? Are you using a business coach to guide you in the right direction? Are you using the best tools to keep your financials in order? Is your intellectual property protected? WHEW! Enjoy this Blab with four professionals who offer four perspectives about […]
There are several reasons inventors file provisional patent applications. Most inventors are anxious to obtain a filing date at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). After all, we are now on the “first to file” patent system.
Some inventors are not certain about all of the features of their invention or they are not quite sure about how a feature of their invention will function. Filing a provisional patent application affords inventors the ability to obtain patent pending status and then seek the help of manufactures, engineers or prototype developers to help design or test the invention. Inventors can also test the market and seek investors to finance their invention. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, time also flies after filing a provisional patent application!
Save the date! Your provisional patent application expires one year after the filing date. This means you have one year to file any US or foreign patent applications prior to the expiration of your provisional patent application to claim the benefit of the provisional patent application filing date. This is critical because after the provisional patent application expires, you may be barred from ever filing a patent application to protect your invention.
What are you doing to ensure your provisional patent applications don’t expire?
What I love most about my intellectual property law practice is that it is a federal practice. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Library of Congress (LOC) are federal agencies. I’m a member of the State bar of Texas and a member of the Patent Bar. Because my practice includes primarily prosecution […]
Congratulations! You provide a service or have a product and now you’re ready to protect your brand. You’ve heard people mention to you that you should trademark your brand but you’re not exactly sure what protection the trademark will give you and what even qualifies as a trademark. That uncertainty is a critical reason why […]