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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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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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Frost Bank in San Antonio Encounters Patent Lawsuit

Frost Bank in San Antonio has been served recently with a patent infringement lawsuit by company Lupercal LLC. The lawsuit identifies Dallas as Lupercal’s place of business, yet there is no entity by that business name registered to do business in Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Lupercal LLC appears to be a […]

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What do the R-symbol and the TM symbol mean?

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog article entitled Trademarks: Delay can cost you, which went into some detail on the intricacies of trademark law. As a trademark attorney and small-business lawyer, I took it for granted that most people know the difference between the (R) symbol and the TM symbol, but later […]

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