So you want to write your own patent application!

Originally posted on 8/28/05  Can I prepare the patent application myself? This seems to be a very common question lately among prospective clients. I have addressed this issue in my FAQ page on the firm’s website, but I believe this question is deserving of additional consideration here. First, let us start with a common misconception […]

Control Protect & Leverage PART IV

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 26, 2005 BY KURT P. LEYENDECKER Finally, the second to the last installment in the series! And really this is perhaps the most important point of your Intellectual Property. What is the point of controlling it and protecting it if you do not intend to leverage it? Unfortunately, successfully leveraging your IP […]

Will My Invention Be Successful?

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 17, 2005 BY KURT P. LEYENDECKER I am asked that question a lot. The fact of the matter is that I have no better idea than you whether your idea will be successful. If you want an evaluation concerning the market viability of your invention and the chances of success in the […]

The Incestuous Love Triangle of Entity Names, Trade Names and Trade Marks – How to Avoid Being Caught With Your Pants Down (Part III)

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 4, 2005 BY PETER C. LEMIRE In the first two installments of this three part series I introduced a scenario that I have seen time and time again. A client will come into my office holding a cease and desist letter from another company demanding that the potential client immediately cease using […]

Design or Invention?

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 1, 2005 BY KURT P. LEYENDECKER Innovation: that is the new name of the game in the corporate world. Old stoic companies, such as GE and Proctor and Gamble, have seen the light: cost cutting and efficiency, although important, will not win the day if the products and services a company offers […]

The Incestuous Love Triangle of Entity Names, Trade Names and Trade Marks – How to Avoid Being Caught With Your Pants Down (Part II)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 28, 2005 BY PETER C. LEMIRE In the first installment of this article I introduced a wide spread problem that business owners may be inadvertently susceptible to that could cause a company to loose the right to use their name in commerce, and discussed entity names. In the second installment I am […]

SOLA update

ORIGINALY PUBLISHED JULY 25, 2005 BY KURT P. LEYENDECKER Well, this morning I found a new blog comment in my email box from the CEO, E.C. Wagner, in my inbox. Apparently, he did not appreciate my post about his company. I was forced to remove his comments as they were blatantly slanderous towards me. Unfortunately, […]

Invention Promotion Companies

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2005 BY KURT P. LEYENDECKER Anyone who has read much of what I have written here and over at Troubleshooter.com know that I am not a friend of invention promotion companies. While I believe most try to comply with the law, I don’t believe these organizations offer a lot for the […]

Research find Patents are Worth It

As reported in Businessweek SmallBiz Summer 2005 edition, Ronald Mann, co-director of the Center for Law, Business & Economics at the University of Texas School of Law (does that title even fit on a business card?) found that indeed patents were worthwhile. Mr. Mann found a strong correlation between the pursuit of patents and the […]

The Incestuous Love Triangle of Entity Names, Trade Names and Trademarks

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY PETER C. LEMIRE ON JUNE 15, 2005  The Incestuous Love Triangle of Entity Names, Trade Names and Trademarks – How to Avoid Being Caught With Your Pants Down (Part I) “What is in a name” “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Juliet from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet “What […]