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Look Around: The Simplest Ideas Have Made Inventors Millions…

Just because your idea seems simple does not mean it does not have the power to disrupt an entire industry. I come across inventors regularly who tell me they were too embarrassed or afraid to see a patent attorney because they felt their idea did not have the complexity or scale to match those currently on shelves or in production. When I look around, some of the simplest ideas have revolutionized industries and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the inventor. The key thing I want you to take away from this video is that to ultimately make money from your idea you have to craft a patent with teeth so rivals cannot make minor modifications to your idea and get around your rights.

From Zero To Hero: The Meteoric Rise Of A Medical College Dropout To Startup Millionaire

I reported recently on my medical device patent blog that the current regulatory and venture capital market is hindering leapfrog innovation in the medical sector.   I am happy to report that while this may be the case several of my clients have revolutionized their industries, earning giant pay checks after selling their startup and related intellectual property. One of these major success stories belongs to Alexander Gomez, who doggedly pursued an idea related to laparoscopic surgery when just about everyone around him told he was crazy.  He dropped out of medical school to solve a clumsy method used by surgeons he encountered during brief spells as a surgical technician:” Surgeons, operating in chilly operating rooms, were performing laparoscopic surgery which caused the camera lens to fog up when it was inserted into the warm body. “To counter this, they would dip the scope in a bucket of water to defog it. Our hospital was small and dated, so I assumed […]

Bad Patent Decisions That May Cost You Millions

Watch this illustrative Slide Share from The Patent Professor which reveals how one past famous inventor received a modest cash payout from his invention but lost millions in potential royalties. It all hinged on one fateful decision. How One Inventor Lost Millions in Royalties & How You Can Avoid The Same Mistake from The Patent Professor®

Thomas Bales Demonstrates That Scientific Geeks Can Get Rich Too

There is a lot of debate whether it is now cool to be a geek. So-called nerds have changed society for the better with their inventions. One such creative type is Thomas O. Bales. This scientific genius used the proceeds from his patents to transform a Coral Gables, Florida, mansion into a virtual nirvana for inventive types. Anybody who enjoys whiling away a day tinkering with electronic and mechanical gadgets would have felt comfortable in this home laboratory. Now, according to sources, Bales has sold the 8-bedroom home for $12.6 million. Bales demonstrates that working at a home lab can be more profitable than Wall Street or professional sports. The creator of a battery-powered surgical instrument has for years been a top mind in the medical device community. Here are some of the amenities found in the two-story stucco home. Professional Grade Telescope Want to stare at the stars? Well, no problem at the former Bales estate. There is a […]

Patent & Trademark Office Commissioner Robert Stoll Visits South Florida

I had the pleasure of meeting Patent Office Commissioner Robert Stolll this week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Commissioner Stoll is the person in charge of the Patent & Trademark Office.  The buck definitely stops with him.  He came down for a Symposium on Intellectual Property at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard and gave a fascinating talk on proposed changes and improvements at the Patent Office.

Join me at the Florida International Medical Exposition

Join me at the Florida International Medical Exposition  As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, I have been fortunate enough to have attended all of the past several FIME medical expositions.    If you are a medical or dental device innovator, this is one tradeshow you DO NOT want to miss.  It will take place from August 11 – 13, 2010, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  With over 20,000 professionals from the industry in attendance, you will be in very good company. If you do attend, please join me at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2010, at the Florida International Medical Exposition where I will deliver a presentation entitled: Preservation of Legal Rights in Medical Innovations Thursday, August 12, 2010, 2:00 p.m. Miami Beach Convention Center Knock-offs, price protection and patent filing requirements are just a few of the many topics I will cover.  I will also share with you many low cost initiatives that your company can em

A Florida Patent Attorney’s Suit of Armor: Integrity

A great majority of the news on patents deals with patent infringement, patent law, and, not coincidentally, it brings to mind the overriding importance of ethics in protecting intellectual property--and profits. As a Florida patent attorney, the long term growth of my business depends on the integrity of the patent applications I file, and recent news underlines its significance.

Join me at the Florida International Medical Exposition

As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, I have been fortunate enough to have attended all of the past several FIME medical expositions.    If you are a medical or dental device innovator, this is one tradeshow you DO NOT want to miss.  It will take place from August 12 – 15, 2009, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  With over 20,000 professionals from the industry in attendance, you will be in very good company. If you do attend, please join me on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at the Florida International Medical Exposition where I will deliver a presentation entitled: Preservation of Legal Rights in Medical Innovations Thursday, August 13, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Miami Beach Convention Center More information about FIME 2009 is available at www.fimeshow.com with a full schedule of seminars and educational presentations at www.edufime.com.

Miramar, Florida Patent Holder Sues Petco for Patent Infringement

As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney, I closely follow patent litigation trends and news stories that are relevant to readers of this blog.  In this regard, a recent patent lawsuit brought against Petco by Applica Consumer Products, Inc. of Miramar, Florida is of interest. The Miramar Florida Patentee alleges that Petco Stores import and sell various pet productts under the brand names "ScoopFree" and "SmartScoop" that infringe their rights to a patented automatic self-cleaning cat litter box that they sell under the Littermaid mark.  For more information on this recently filed case, go here.

Michael Jackson – Singer, Entertainer & Patent Holder

Singer? Check Entertainer? Check Patent Holder? –Huh?  Yes, few people realize that Michael Jackson helped invent special shoes that worked in conjunction with a support hidden in the stage that allowed the dancers in the "Smooth Criminal" music video to lean forward at an angle otherwise impossible without the patented device. Michael Jackson’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,255,452, was issued on June 29, 1992.

Automobile Patents – Eestor’s New Technology Under Scrutiny

As a Florida patent attorney, I take an interest in news regarding Florida patent disputes and recently posted a blog regarding a Florida patent infringement lawsuit against Toyota over the Florida patent on electtric drive motor technology. It seems the patenting of automobile innovations is in the spotlight again with Eester’s innovative new ultracapacitor.   Considering the thousands of inventions getting patents issued by the U.S. patent office each year, EEStor‘s technology for replacement of electrochemical batteries is one of the latest hooplas to join the league. The invention is expected to bring an end to the internal combustion engine, as mentioned in an article in www.technewsworld.com    EEStor’s new product is essentially a material compressed between thousands of wafer-thin metal sheets, in a series of foil-and-paper gum wrappers stacked one on top of the other. The ultimate outcome is an ultracapacitor – battery-like

Orlando Patents from Inventors in Central Florida

Orlando patents issued to inventors in Central Florida were listed in yesterday’s Orlando Sentinel  and are presented below: Delwood Nelson, Crescent City; Thomas R. Dean, DeLand; David A. Monk, DeLand; and William Bartow Mercer, Crescent City. A tree securing device and associated methods. Assigned to Pierson Supply Company Inc., Pierson. (7,533,489) Michael Twerdochlib, Oviedo. A high bandwidth fiber optic vibration sensor. Assigned to Siemens Energy Inc., Orlando. (7,533,572)   Stefan Mazzola, Sanford; Douglas A. Keller, Oviedo; Anthony L. Schiavo, Oviedo; and David C. Radonovich, Winter Park. A multilayer ring seal. Assigned to Siemens Energy Inc., Orlando. (7,534,086 )   Beverly A. Rzigalinski, Winter Springs; Sudipta Seal, Oviedo; David Bailey, Palm Bay; and Swanand Patil, Orlando. Cerium oxide nanoparticles and use in enhancing cell survivability. Assigned to University of Central Florida Research Foundation Inc., Orlando. (7,534,453)   Gernot

John Rizvi Presenting “Patenting Pitfalls” to General Practice Attorneys

On October 16th, 2009 South Florida patent attorney, John Rizvi, will be giving a presentation entitled “Patent Pitfalls for the General Practitioner” at the 2009 Broward County Bench-Bar Convention held at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Although many inventors do approach Florida patent attorneys for legal assistance, others initially go to one of Florida’s many excellent general practitice lawyers for preliminary assistance. Even if these general practitioners ultimately refer the matter to a patent attorney, John believes there is still a need for such non-specialists to be aware of certain statutory deadlines and other pitfalls of practice in the specialized area of patent law. The Broward County Bench-Bar Association has been working diligently to ensure that this year’s convention surpasses even the great successes of previous years. The convention is designed for all attorneys, regardless of their field of

Croc’s Design Patent To Be Invalidated?

Crocs are a popular beach shoe here in Florida, across the U.S., and outside our nation’s borders. Now, the design patent they hold may be in jeopardy according to a number of recent news stories, including one in the January 4, 2008 edition of Forbes online. Holey Soles Holdings in Vancouver, Canada and Crocs are waging war against each other, since Crocs began in 2005 to try and push Holey Soles out of the market. Most recently, The European Union declared Croc’s patent invalid, claiming that their Beach model shoes "lack individual character" versus other similar brands. (Perhaps in testament to the value of patents Crocs’ stock price dropped $5.00 or 13.2% this past Friday, January 4, 2008.)   The two companies make shoes that are very similar to one another; Crocs believes Holey Soles is violating their patent, while Holey Soles, of course, believe they are not infringing. The courts are in the process of reviewing the case further […]

Patent Application filed by Apple for “Chameleonic” Keyboard

Apple is one of the most innovative companies around in this day and age. I find it impressive that in a field that literally changes by the hour, they continue to spearhead inventive, consumer-driven thinking.