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What Happens If You Claim The Wrong Entity Status In The Patent Office?

By: Mark R. Malek In my last article, I outlined the new filing status in the Patent Office that can save inventors even more money in the patent process – that of the micro-entity.  As you may recall from that article, when filing a patent application (and throughout the patent prosecution process), you must pay […]

Patent Office Fees – The Micro Entity

By: Mark R. Malek As many of you may know, the United States Patent System recently went through a little transformation on March 15, 2013.  The biggest and most public of these transformations was the transition from a first to invent system to a first to file system (more on that later).  One thing that […]

March Madness and Other NCAA Trademarks

By: Mark R. Malek So the big tournament starts tonight – that’s right, we are starting with 64 teams and the team that goes through the tournament undefeated brings home the big trophy.  Half the fun is looking for that Cinderella team that upsets a few teams on the way, maybe even makes it to […]

Amending A Patent Application After Allowance

By: Mark R. Malek As has often been the case with some of my articles in the past, I like to introduce little practice tips as something interesting happens in my day to day life of prosecuting patent applications here at Widerman & Malek.  I recently received a call from an Examiner on a case […]

The Advantages of Registering Business Name with the State

Business owners know that they should file their businesses with the state for tax purposes.  This is a responsibility and usually done begrudgingly.  After all, who wants to pay taxes?  But are there any advantages for registering business with the state? You may be surprised to learn that there are three major advantages for registering […]

Reviving A Patent That Was Abandoned For Failure To Pay Maintenance Fees

By: Mark R. Malek You may recall that my last article was directed to the requirement to pay maintenance fees in order to keep your patent alive.  As was discussed in that article, maintenance fees must be paid at 3.5 years, 7.5 years and 11.5 years after the patent has issued. When someone has not paid […]

Reviving An Abandoned Patent Application

By: Mark R. Malek If you haven’t noticed, many of my posts lately have revolved around the questions that I get from various clients.  This one was a tough one. Not necessarily from the perspective of not knowing what to do, but having to hear the horror story from this client.  Unfortunately, it is a […]

Is Susan G. Komen for the Cure® a Trademark Bully?

When does fighting to protect a trademark borderline on trademark bullying?  Trademarks are established to protect an individual’s, a corporation’s, or non-profit organization’s creative work.  What happens when the trademark owner takes protecting their trademark too far as to be deemed as domineering?  The best examples of crossing the line can be witnessed with non-profit […]

A Brief Overview On Patents

By: Mark R. Malek In my previous article, I indicated that a patent is important to protect the rights of innovators and to encourage them to continue to innovate.  This is done by providing a patent holder with an exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell the invention that is […]

Microsoft vs Google

Microsoft and Google are embroiled in a tiff over YouTube applications for mobile devices. Microsoft’s lawyer has complained that Google does not play fair and has denied Microsoft the necessary meta-data required to build a rich YouTube application for their Windows Phone (WP) that would enable WP users features such as can search for video […]

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