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Who Will Own New Designs in a Jetsons-like Era?

While on my flight back from speaking on trademarks & the alcohol industry at this year’s CiderCon, I listened to a fascinating TedTalks podcast on advancements in artificial intelligence that you can find here. Some of the...more

What’s the Story with STORIES?

Instagram recently released a new feature called Instagram Stories, which allows users to curate a collection of photos or videos of moments to share with friends for them to view, but then it disappears after a day. The...more

Patent System is not the Fire that Hoverboards Need to Put Out

One of the hottest toys during the 2015 holiday season was the hoverboard, and doesn’t that seem about right for this year. I saw my first hoverboard earlier this summer — a guy was walking and holding hands with his...more

Have Yourself a Merry 12 Days of SWIFTMAS

Even amid the December hustle and bustle of the holidays, my mind is never very far from trademark and patent issues – especially when getting Christmas songs stuck in my head while shopping for friends and family. I’m prone...more

Black Friday Flying

Many of you probably hopped aboard a plane this weekend to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, but the flight experience often feels like a Black Friday shopping experience. Passengers get to the airport hours before...more

11/30/2015  /  Airbus , Airlines , Patents

Apple Takes Us Back to PENCIL and PAPER

If you are a member of the Cult of Apple, like tech, or even just watch the news, you’re probably aware that yesterday was Apple’s big fall event where they announce new product launches and updates. The event showcased a...more

9/10/2015  /  Apple , Facebook , Patents , Samsung , Trade Dress , Trademarks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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