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Kameron is an experienced business law and intellectual property attorney. With a technical background gained as a chemical engineer, Kameron uses his varied skills to provide general counsel and start-up services to many local and regional companies.

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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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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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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Pitfalls of Website Design Contracts

So, you’re starting a business. You’ve formed your business entity and made sure you have your trademarks, patents, copyrights, and/or trade secrets in order, and now you need to get your company out in the public and start making some money. This means getting a domain and website.  Every single company needs a website these […]

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What is a Work For Hire?

You may have encountered the language “work for hire” in a contract before. If you are a provider of services such as website design, graphic design, photography, branding, etc., then you surely have encountered this language. It is very common find a mention of “work for hire” in types of agreements where you are hiring […]

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The Basics of Copyrights

Copyrights protect the expression of ideas, as compared to trademarks that protect words or logos that are used to distinguish goods and patents that are used to protect inventions.  Copyrights DO NOT protect ideas, which is important to remember; instead, they only protect your expression.  For example, everyone can go outside and take a picture […]

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Can I Register a Disparaging Trademark?

The Lanham Act (the federal statute that governs trademarks) states: No trademark by which the goods of the applicant may be distinguished from the goods of others shall be refused registration on the principal register on account of its nature unless it— (a) Consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which […]

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