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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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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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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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Got a Trademark? Let Us Monitor It For You!

L4SB is proud to present Trademark Monitoring Services The battle to get a trademark is not an easy one. That is why it is essential you protect your trademark investment. While the USPTO is responsible for assessing and registering trademarks. They have no responsibility to enforce any of the trademarks they have registered. What this […]

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The Trademark Battle of the Golden Chocolate Bunnies

Every Easter, chocolate bunnies of various shapes and sizes can be found in most grocery store. Some bunnies even sport a recognizable gold wrapper—including the Lindt gold bunny.  A German federal court recently ruled that Lindt & Spruengli’s gold bunny, specifically its golden shade of foil wrap, is a protected trademark. The verdict comes after […]

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Beware of Intellectual Property Pirates!

Aye!  They took ye ideas and stole them!  Now what?   Watch Attorney Larry Donahue lead business owners through the steps that will help them identify when someone has stolen their Intellectual Property. Whether it be websites, trademarks, music or other intellectual property, this step-by-step guide will help ensure business owners know how to trademark and […]

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