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Protecting Recipes and Food as Intellectual Property

If you’re involved in the food service industry, how can you protect your business from unauthorized copying of your recipes and food? Are those things even protectable? Trade Secrets As we discussed in this recent blog, one way to protect confiden… Read More
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Court Finds that Trade “Secrets” Aren’t Secret on Zoom Call

Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property that the law protects from unauthorized use or disclosure, under certain conditions. Trade secrets can be protected by both state and federal law. These laws vary, but all define trade secrets as info… Read More
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Categories: Trade Secrets
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Protecting Your Right to File a Patent during the Pandemic

A patent declaration is a short statement that each inventor listed on a patent application must sign, representing that she or he is the original inventor of the invention listed in the application. This is a statement that the so-called inventor di… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Stopping Dangerous Counterfeit Goods in the COVID-19 Era

Counterfeit COVID-19 products endanger health and hurt US companies. A stalled Senate bill could stop more fakes from getting in. Read More
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Categories: Patents, Trademarks
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International Treaties: Filing for Patents in Multiple Countries

Filing a patent application in multiple countries can be time consuming and difficult. To avoid the hassle of duplicative filings to obtain patents in multiple countries, international treaties have been established over the years. In a prior blog po… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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What “Patent Pending” Means for Your Business

“Patent Pending” is a term used for products or processes where a patent application has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), but a patent has not yet been granted. It serves to notify the public, businesse… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Where to File Your Patent Application First: The U.S. or Overseas

If you plan to file for a patent both in the United States and in another country, planning ahead and thinking strategically will help you avoid pitfalls down the road. You will need to follow United States law on filing for patent protection, but yo… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Beware of the Background Section in a Patent Application

The Background section of a patent application should be short and to the point. Anything that you say in the Background can and will be used against you when you prosecute or enforce your patent. The Manual of Patent Examination and Procedure recomm… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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USPTO launches COVID-19 Response Resource Center

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global crisis in need of creative solutions. The American patent system has long facilitated such creativity. It serves as the engine of economic growth in the United States by securing exclusive rights for inventors and di… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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How to Decide Whether or Not to Publish Your Patent Application

Once you have decided to file a patent application, you should also consider whether or not you want it published. There are strategic reasons for deciding to publish or not to publish, hinging on what your business needs, objectives, and concerns ar… Read More
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Categories: Patents