WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE Tops 28 Million

Geneva, April 12, 2013. The addition, this month, of over ten million documents from the national patent collection of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), dating from 1790 to the present day, has expanded WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE to over 28 million...

What is a trade secret?

Trade secrets can be any information that has value to your business, is not generally known, and is maintained in secrecy. Information does not need to be technical in nature to qualify for protection. Trade secret subject matter can include customer lists, marketing...

USPTO Updates Prof. Conduct Rules

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced updates to the registration examination and significant changes to the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct (USPTO Rules), which govern...

Using IP Audits to Mitigate Risk

Every business, including yours, has intellectual property (IP) whether it is simply your business name, customer lists, or an extensive patent portfolio. However, some owners of small and medium size businesses take a hands-off approach to their intellectual property...

US Customs Matters

The US Customs and Border Patrol can be used to seize infringing goods at the border before they can make their way into the US market. In order to take advantage of Customs a patent holder must register his patent with them. This does not occur automatically upon...

Trademark Clearance

In assessing whether a mark is registrable the relevant question is whether it is likely to cause confusion in the market place as to the source of goods or services. Importantly, the standard is NOT whether it is exactly the same as another mark. Registrability is a...