Frederic Douglas

15333 Culver Drive Suite 340 PMB 114
Irvine, California 92604-3051, United States

“US Patent Office Cancels Redskins Trademark”: What Does It Mean?

Today the news media is abuzz with discussion of the cancellation of the “Redskins trademarks” belonging to a U.S. football team, the Washington Redskins. Despite the comments by television talking heads on the ruling, the fact…more
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I Just Met Someone By Accident! What Do I Do Now?

When you meet someone by accident, what do you do? You know to exchange ID, proof of insurance, and other information. But what else? This article discusses thinking practically while not missing key details. …more
| Personal Injury

Patent, Publish, Or Keep It A Secret?

A rudimentary flow chart for the types of decisions advisable for figuring out whether to apply for a patent for an idea, keep it confidential as a trade secret, or to publish the idea to block others from patenting the idea…more
| Intellectual Property

Sync Licensing Income for Songwriters

Songwriters may make money from public performance fees (such as when someone does the song at a concert) and mechanical licenses (such as when a record company pays the publisher for using the song on a CD sold to the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Public Performance Fees For Songwriters

We hear music everywhere in our daily lives - on the radio, at a club, in stores, and even while waiting on hold with customer [no]service. Does the songwriter get paid for these "public performances"? This article summarizes…more
| Intellectual Property

Can You Rescind Your Mortgage Under Federal Law?

Often homeowners look for technicalities in their lending documents to seek defending themselves against foreclosure. Often, such efforts are unsuccessful, in part, because of the complicate procedures and the uneven playing…more
| Real Estate - Residential

Three Types of Patents

Often, novice inventors are confused as to the various types of patents. This list is a good starting basis for understanding the various types of patents…more
| Intellectual Property

Tasks for a Company Patent Committee

Businesses of all sizes should consider organizing a patent committee. Such a committee helps to jointly makes decisions about the company's patent applications and issued patents. Also, participation in the patent committee can…more
| Intellectual Property

Benefits of Getting a Patent

Often, people are unsure as to whether to apply for a patent or to go "naked" into the marketplace. Consider this list of benefits to owning a patent and talk to a registered patent attorney if you have further questions…more
| Intellectual Property

Introduction to Trade Secrets

A brief overview on trade secrets and how to protect trade secrets…more
| Intellectual Property

Trademark Basics

What is a trademark? Should you instead “get a copyright” or “get a patent”? Understanding the basic facts about trademarks can avoid misunderstanding and give you the knowledge to protect your hard work and grow your business…more
| Intellectual Property

Can You Rescind Your Mortgage Under Federal Law?

Often homeowners look for technicalities in their lending documents to seek defending themselves against foreclosure. Often, such efforts are unsuccessful, in part, because of the complicate procedures and the uneven playing…more
| Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Practical Tips When Moving Out of a Rental

A common scenario for a potential client calling a lawyer about problems with a landlord consists of complaints about not getting a refund of the deposit upon leaving the rental home. The client wants to know the law, as it…more
| Real Estate - Residential

Tips for Patentability Searching

Persons new to filing patent applications often have basic questions regarding patent searches. Should an inventor do a patent search? Is a patent search required? Does it matter when a patent search is done? What happens when…more
| Intellectual Property

Tips on patent subject matter eligibility for computer readable media

Many patent applications have been filed aimed at protecting inventions involving computers. Often the patent claims describe using disc drives or other media for storing data. A common name for data storage devices (such as…more
| Intellectual Property
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