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U.S. Patent "Micro-Entity" Rules & Other Cost Savings Strategies: Do You qualify for 75% Off Your U.S. Patent Filing Costs?

The short answer is that a company or individual who already is qualified as a small entity (which entitles you to 50% off U.S. patent filing costs) may also qualify under the final rules issued by the Patent Office for...more

Happiness is a Federally-Registered Mark

It should be no surprise that the famous Coca-Cola brand name is federally-registered. One of the many significant benefits of federal registration is the USPTO’s obligation to refuse registration of third party marks that...more

Beware of Bogus Trade-mark Invoices

A Czech outfit calling itself the WDTP (Worldwide Database of Trademarks and Patents) regularly sends invoices to Canadian trade-mark owners, claiming to be owed a few thousand dollars as a “filing fee”. The WDTP is just one...more

New USPTO Fees Effective March 16, 2013

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently revealed a revised fee schedule which changes the fees for any fee paid on or after March 19, 2013. While this is the first time the USPTO has set its own fees since...more

Taking a Stand on USPTO Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Policy

Next week (February 4, 2013) is the deadline for submitting comments in response to the USPTO’s request for feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. (This article provides more information on the request...more

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