Martha Engel

Martha Engel

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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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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