A Board Certified Patent Attorney
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Wow! 20 years as a practicing Florida board certified patent attorney has flown by yet I still vividly recall just about every inventor who walked into my patent law firm over the past two decades.
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.<
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 s
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 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 p
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.
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
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.
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
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 n
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 t
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 pat