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President Urges Congress to Send Him Patent Reform Bill

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Each chamber of Congress has pushed the country one step closer to what many consider a major reform of patent law—and the President is ready to see it. In a press conference earlier today, President Obama urged Congress to send him the “America Invents” patent reform bill to encourage innovation, and both House Speaker John […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 29th, 2011 at 10:15 am

Idea Versus Expression: What is Protected by IP Laws (And Who Can You Trust to Tell You)?

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The laws protecting intellectual property (“IP”) are some of the more-often misunderstood in the US—very often, people don’t know whether they have something that needs copyright, trademark or patent protection, or some combination of the three. And, equally often, they don’t know whether what they have is protectable at all. While each area of IP […]

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Written by Dan Goldman

June 13th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Malpractice Retaliation, Employee vs. Independent Contractor, and More – Free Joe Friday 4/29/11

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Does a patent protect the idea or function? Can one who does not have the patent to a product make it in a different way but mantain the same function as the one original?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

May 3rd, 2011 at 5:25 am

USPTO Continues to Offer Expedited Processing for “Green” Patent Applications

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to offer the Green Technology Pilot Program, which provides free expedited processing for utility patent applications that claim “green” technology. Qualifying technology includes inventions that: -          improve environmental quality; -          increase energy conservation; -          assist in the development of renewable energy resources; -          reduce greenhouse gas […]

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May 1st, 2011 at 9:29 am

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USPTO Patent Fast Track on Hold

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Just two weeks ago, we talked about the new “Fast-Track” program by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) designed to expedite the patent process. Fast-Track: meet speed bump. The USPTO has announced that, as a result of the new budget signed by President Obama on April 15, the agency won’t be able to go […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 28th, 2011 at 7:36 am

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USPTO Offers Expedited Patent Review — For a Fee

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Update: The information contained in the post below has changed. To see the updated information click here. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a “fast track” beginning May 4 that will get a patent application reviewed within 12 months — although it will cost applicants an extra $4,000 for the expedited […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 12th, 2011 at 8:35 am

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50-50 Drawings, Starting an LLC and More – Free Joe Friday Thursday Edition 4/7/11

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Is it permissible to legal to hold a fifty-fifty drawing – say at a local sporting event for your own personal reason – educational trip for your son?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

April 12th, 2011 at 7:15 am

Free Joe Friday 1/7/11 – Protecting Ideas, Taxes, and More

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Every Friday, attorney Joe Escalante answers legal questions for free on the LegalZoom Facebook Page. Did you miss last week’s Free Joe Friday? Don’t worry. We’ve got it all right here. LegalZoom: Welcome to the first Free Joe Friday from the new LegalZoom office in Glendale! Say hello to Joe Escalante of Barely Legal Radio, […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

January 11th, 2011 at 7:17 am

Free Joe Friday 12/10/10 – Arbitration, Game Patents, and More

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Every Friday, attorney Joe Escalante answers legal questions for free on the LegalZoom Facebook Page. Did you miss last week’s Free Joe Friday? Don’t worry. We’ve got it all right here. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to Free Joe Friday! First question from Jocelyn: Is it easier and cheaper to go through arbitration or a law […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

December 14th, 2010 at 7:20 am

5 Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions for National Inventors Month

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Inventions don’t have to be real to be cool. In honor of National Inventors Month, we’ve collected five of the coolest fictional inventions—the ones we most wish were real. Lightsaber – Star Wars No list of sci-fi or movie inventions is complete without the lightsaber. This Jedi weapon features a blade of energy that can […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 24th, 2010 at 9:06 am