A Board Certified Patent Attorney

What is Patentable?

A lot of people come to my office with ideas they want patented. Some of these ideas are absurd and yet are still candidates for patents. While many other ideas seem to have huge marketplace potential, but are not possible to patent. So what makes the difference? What kinds of ideas can be patented? And what can’t. Today, you’ll learn the difference. Patents – “An... Read More
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How to Make Money After You Get a Patent

So you’ve got a patent. Now what? A new book solves this very problem. The Other Side of Innovation from Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble show how companies turn patents into products into profits. Here’s what The Economist has to say: "Hardly a week passes without someone publishing a book on the subject. Most are rubbish. But ‘The Other Side of Innovation: So... Read More
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Resource for Super High Tech Patents

If you are interested in state-of-the-art patents, then there is a little known magazine that you need to check out. Each month this magazine is filled with literally hundreds of new patents. Thumbing through the last issue I came across interesting breakthroughs like: A new aluminum solar collector with impressive efficiency A new type of glass that changes volume An aircraft flap that reduces no... Read More
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Top 5 Patents from TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of the Year

The November 22 issue of TIME magazine contained an article any future patent holder would love. The 50 Best Inventions of the Year showcased everything from flying cars to mosquito killing lasers. While there is not enough space here to describe all 50, here’s a look at my top 5 picks from the TIME Top 50. Patent #5: Around The World In An Hour In an effort to fight isolated conflicts, the ... Read More
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New Apple Patent Suggests Carbon Fiber iPad

Based on a new patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has been playing around with the idea of using carbon fiber for a little extra strength protection for their mobile devices. For full story and drawings click on the link…Carbon Fiber Patent
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Trademark Battles in the News: Conglomerates, Colleges, Candy, Cycles and Underwear

There are some interesting trademark disputes making headlines in the past couple of weeks.  Here is a quick recap of the odd, funny and (sometimes) insane world of trademarks. Facebook Trademark against Your Face Facebook continues its quest for world domination by trying to trademark the word "Face". However, the Patent and Trademark Office reports that the trademark will only app... Read More
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Master of Patents Success Story

Just stumbled on a story you future patent holders may be interested in… Medtronic’s Michael R.S. Hill just hit the impressive feat of 50 patents in 18 years. Hill’s patent work has focused on improving implantable cardiac devices for patients with irregular heart rhythms and creating new solutions that combine cardiovascular and neuromodulation (zapping the brain or nervous syst... Read More
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Shortcuts for Patent Searches

Before you waste lots of time tinkering on your new invention (or spend thousands on a patent application), you might want to invest a little time researching if someone else has already received a patent on your idea. Why? First, you can’t get a patent if someone else already has one. And second, you can’t monetize it (why bother inventing something you can’t patent and get paid... Read More
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Trademark infringement: Do you fight back or pick a new name?

The threat of trademark infringement doesn’t necessarily have to shut down your business or bury you under legal bills.  If you do not have much invested in the name, you may decide to just change your business name and pray you don’t get sued for past infringement damages. But if you get hit with a trademark infringement claim, do you have to give in? A recent article in Forbes o... Read More
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Amazon’s “One Click Case” changes Patent Law

A Canadian federal judge says business methods can be patented in the same way as any other invention. For Canadian IP lawyers, the decision is significant because it clears up confusion about whether or not  "business methods" can be patented in Canada. Click on the link for the full story on this patent law change
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How a Trademark Mistake Cost a Business Owner Five-Figures

Do you know how much money your business would lose if you were forced to shut your doors for a day? A week? A month? Well, if you are making the one trademark mistake I’m about to share with you, then you could be putting all of that income at risk.  As a Florida trademark attorney practicing for over 15 years in this specialized area of law, I am no longer surprised by the conseq... Read More
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Patents Expired? You could be sued…

A quick head’s up to anyone who sells a patented product. The law allows anyone to sue a business that falsely marks a product patent pending or patented.  Any can also sue a business that keeps a patent number on a product too long.  The incentive for the person bringing the lawsuit is that get to keep up to 50% of the penalties for themselves. As a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney... Read More
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How Trademark Infringement Can Shut Down Your Business

A trademark battle is being waged in federal court right now involving the National Football League (NFL), NFL Properties (NFLP), the New Orleans Saints, Liquid Ventures Inc., Logo Express Marketing Inc., Monogram Express, Storyville Apparel, and Fleurty Girl. And the center of this suit is a Who Dat? Inc. They claim that all of these companies infringed against their trademark of the Who Dat? phr... Read More
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Has your idea already been patented? 5 Ways to Find Out

Excited by a new idea, a young kid in my neighborhood ran up to me last night. He was playing with a bouncy ball, but kept losing it in the dark. Remembering some glow-in-the-dark stickers in his room, he figured a glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball would be a great idea too. I rewarded him for his creativity…told him it was a great idea…and gently let him know someone else had already tho... Read More
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Are you Screwed If Someone Patents Your Invention Before You Do?

On a hot South Florida summer night, two years ago, two inventors worked busily in their garages refining their inventions. They were very much alike, these two inventors. Both were hard-working. Both had great ideas that could benefit mankind. And both stood to profit wildly from their inventions. Recently, these two men visited a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney to file a patent and protect their... Read More