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. I love it when a prospective client calls my Firm because a “friend of a friend” referred them to my Firm. Those types of calls confirm that I am networking effectively.
I love conferences and I especially believe that I can always learn something new. I know I’m a patent attorney but I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel. If you’ve already achieved success and you’re willing to teach me, I’m willing to learn! Often, so many people have a narrow focus when they start their businesses. Think GLOBAL and think of all of the possibilities.
How many of you take advantage of attending conferences that are not tailored towards your specific industry? I hope I’m not the only one in the room raising my hand!
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 file a trademark represented by competent trademark council, here are the benefits:
1. The prosecution of your trademark application may be shortened because you avoid the unnecessary back and forth with the USPTO when you make mistakes.
2. Your trademark attorney can help you to police and enforce your trademark.
3. Your trademark attorney can respond to an office action on your behalf.
4. Your trademark attorney can defend your mark in a proceeding.
5. Your trademark attorney can ensure you know the scope of your trademark rights…
6. YOUR TRADEMARK ATTORNEY CAN SAVE YOUR MONEY!!
Remember, when you file a trademark application, the process is a legal process. It will likely cost you more money to pay a trademark attorney to fix your mistakes and some mistakes may even require you to refile your entire application! You may want to consider hiring a trademark attorney to use your time to do what you do best…grow your brand and actually sell your products and services!So, are you going to hire a trademark attorney to prosecute your trademark application?
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 what to do when you start a business! I offer valuable information about intellectual property.
Did this interview help you?
In between using my “super powers” to protect and enforce my client’s intellectual property, I use social media as a tool to connect with others who share my same interest. I am really proud to say that I gained international exposure on Twitter and I was able to be interviewed and quoted in national publications! WOW!!
Now, I’m taking advantage of video. Using video allows me to actively engage with viewers. I’ve made so many amazing connections and I’m learning a lot from others. I’m using Periscope and Blab. I’ve scoped, I’ve blabbed, I’ve commented…Well, you get the picture! I’m social!
Will you join me? What’s your favorite social media tool and why?
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 before the USPTO and LOC, I’m able to engage clients all over the world with US patent, trademark or copyright issues.
That’s right! Even if you are not physically located in my area, you can still retain my Firm. This is great news for clients that may live in a state whose attorneys may not be as experienced or whose attorneys may not be willing to work with a smaller client.
It’s truly amazing to work with clients all over the world, including India, France and and Canada, to name a few.
What do you like about working with attorneys in different states?