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The Patent Prosecution Process

The patent prosecution process is usually quite long, arduous, and can be costly.  There are three types of patents: utility, design, and plant.  Plant patents are the least common and those won’t be discussed here.  Utility patents protect the utility of an invention, while a design patent protects the ornamental design of an invention, but […]

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What is a Trademark Disclaimer?

Oftentimes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will issue an office action after you have filed your trademark requiring a disclaimer for one or more of the words contained in the mark. Assuming there are no other outstanding issues, simply agreeing to the disclaimer will allow your mark to proceed to publication. But […]

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L4SB Honors Our Service Men and Women Throughout The Month of May

Law 4 Small Business is proud to Partner with The Pat Tillman Foundation this Memorial Day. Every May and November Law 4 Small Business donates a portion of its monthly on-line sales to The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship Fund. Since 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation has provided academic scholarships, professional development opportunities and a national […]

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Super Lawyers for 2022 Named

Law 4 Small Business Attorneys Honored Once again, all of Law 4 Small Business’s Partners and half of our Associate Attorneys were named to this prestigious list. What is Super Lawyers? “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition […]

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Who Should Form My LLC ?

I have seen lots of clients have non-attorneys form an LLC (or corporation) for them. CPAs, accountants, and on-line companies that are not law firms oftentimes offer business formations. Or the client just does it themselves. This can be enticing as you think it is more expensive to have an attorney do it, and you’ve […]

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What is a Pyramid Scheme and How Can I Recognize One?

A pyramid scheme is an illegal business model that instead of supplying investments or sale of products or services, as with a legitimate company, recruits members with a promise of payments for enrolling other into the pyramid scheme.  As the name implies, as recruiting increases and multiplies, new recruiting quickly becomes impossible.   Some multi-level […]

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What is the Supplemental Register for Trademarks?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has two registers for trademarks: supplemental and principal. The supplemental register is reserved for descriptive, surname, and geographical marks that do not qualify for the principal register. Ideally you will be on the principal register, but sometimes, you are asked to be on the supplemental register. You […]

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Why is there Tissue Paper in Law Office Conference Rooms?

Have you ever wondered why almost all law firm conference rooms have tissue paper centered in the middle of the conference room table? Our conference room is not too different from the one pictured (although our conference room is a bit higher-end).In a lawyers’ office, however, the tissue paper isn’t there to erase dry marker […]

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Patent Basics

Patents grant the intellectual property rights of inventions to their inventors. Patents protect inventors from having other entities use and produce their inventions without their consent. Patents are extremely common, with the US Patent and Trademark Office registered its 10 millionth patent in 2018. There are several kinds of patents. These include utility patents, plant […]

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Considering a Cannabis Business in NM?

Attorney Larry Donahue set to be a Guest Speaker at local Expo. The Lucky Leaf Cannabis Conference will be making a stop in New Mexico on February 25th & 26th. Business owners and entrepreneurs interested in expanding into the arena of legalized cannabis sales will find the event full of important and helpful information. The […]

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Prior Art Search for your Patent

The first step for anyone with an invention or idea is to perform a prior art search and analysis in order to determine whether or not it’s already been done before. Patent infringement review is a thorough prior art search and analysis, and is critical before proceeding when you have an invention that you’re looking […]

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