Martha Engel

Martha Engel

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Trolling for an Inventive Method for Patent Enforcement

In the wake of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert leaving their respective shows on Comedy Central for newer pastures, John Oliver has emerged as a new beacon of political humor and satire. If you haven’t watched his show, and...more

4/22/2015 - Inventors Non-Practicing Entities Patent Assertion Entities Patent Trolls Patents Technology Trademarks

The Keys are in the Design

We often ask kids this question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  While my trajectory towards lawyering is true, my answer wasn’t always immediately “lawyer.”  I sought something that satisfied my passion for the...more

4/9/2015 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Design Patent Patents Trademarks

The Controversial SAWS of “Justice”

What if the Trademark Office took Taylor Swift’s controversial new trademark applications and stalled examination of them, preventing them from getting approved, despite having no legitimate basis to refuse their...more

2/11/2015 - Legislative Agendas Patent Trolls Patents SAWS Trademarks USPTO

I’m a Patent Attorney – Isn’t that Scary Enough?

A Hoppy Halloween from all of us ghoulish folks here at DuetsBlog! Spending for Halloween this year is likely to hit $11 billion dollars, possibly more than is spent decorating for Christmas. This fact is easily...more

10/31/2014 - Holidays Patents

Silicon Valley x Fashion District = Blurred Lines

Growing up in the 80s, it’s amazing how both fashion and technology have evolved since Scrunchies and Commodore 64s – although a quite separate evolution. I can’t recall a fashionable pager (really, go try to find one), or a...more

9/17/2014 - Apple Design Patent Fashion Industry Fitbit Patents Personal Brands Tech Industry Wearable Technology

IP Solicitation Scams on the Rise

In recent months, an increasing number of companies have reported receiving official-looking intellectual property notices and solicitations. These fraudulent solicitations may take the form of invoices, renewal notices, or...more

7/1/2014 - Copyright Fraudulent Inducement Patents Popular Solicitation Trademarks USPTO

Why Tesla’s Patent Move May Standardize Electric Cars, Not Patent Strategies

This is a once in a century technological leap, and I think Tesla needs to force itself to be the standard (by making this free licensing move) if the company is going to have longevity....more

6/16/2014 - Cars Clean Tech Electric Vehicles Elon Musk First Glance Patents Tesla

The IP in Twitter’s IPO

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Wall Street is aflutter as Thursday marks the latest in social media IPOs – Twitter…and we all remember how well Facebook’s IPO went....more

11/6/2013 - Innovation Patent IPO Patents SEC Twitter

Infomercials: So was HAIR BLENDER taken?

One of the best things about television is terrible (or terribly hilarious) infomercials showcasing American ingenuity. Behold, one of the latest …The Air Curler®....more

7/26/2013 - Brand Intent-to-Use Patents Television Commercials Trademark Office Trademarks

From “First to Invent” to “First Inventor to File”

One month from tomorrow, the most significant change to U.S. patent law in recent history will go into effect. Since 1790, when the first patent act was signed into law, the U.S. patent system has been a “first to invent”...more

2/15/2013 - Design Patent Disclosure Requirements First-to-File First-to-Invent Patents USPTO Utility Patents

If Only I Could Be A Lego Product Tester…

Santa brought me one of my favorite trademarked and patented products: a LEGO® set! Yes that is Mr. Firefighter dousing the flames on the LEGO® tree while holding a cup of coffee. The hero of my LEGOland!...more

12/26/2012 - Patents Trademarks Utility Patents

The "Bargain Patent": Requirements for Design Patents

There are many advantages to adding design patents to your overall intellectual property strategy, as we saw exemplified in this summer's verdict in Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. and both companies' use...more

11/30/2012 - Design Patent Patents USPTO

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