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New IP Awareness Assessment Tool from the U.S. Patent Office

The U.S. Patent Office has released a Beta IP Awareness Assessment Tool. The tool asks questions and determines potential intellectual property needs based on responses. See: http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/index.html.

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Trademark Infringement for Google Keyword Ads? Think Again!

Is someone using Google Adwords containing your trademark or business name?  Do you think you have a good case for trademark infringement because of it?  You may want to re-think taking action.  A recent U.S. District Court case in Colorado … Read More

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Voltmarc featured at CEI Grand Opening

  One of our long-time clients, Voltmarc Technology, Inc., was featured at last week’s grand opening of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (or “CEI”).  CEI is an incubator located in central Phoenix that receives funding from the US Economic Development Agency, City … Read More

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Partnership to Stimulate Manufacturing Jobs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the AutoHarvest Foundation today. The MOU outlined the department’s goal to spur innovation and generate jobs in advanced manufacturing. USPTO … Read More

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IP Assessment Tool

The USPTO has a new IP assessment tool in beta mode right now.  It looks like it might have some potential.  I haven’t made it all the way through a full assessment yet, but the pre-assessment tool shows some merit. … Read More

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Coming To a Location Near You

For the first time, the United States Patent and Trademark office (the PTO) is expanding its operations outside the Washington, DC area.  Starting with its new office in Detroit on July 13, the PTO will be following with new offices … Read More

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How Wide Is Your Moat

Whenever a company develops a useful product or service, rival businesses routinely profit by producing a similar–if not better—product or service. In a perfectly competitive market, rivals will eventually eat up any excess profits through imitation and price erosion. In … Read More

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Patent Litigation is the Sport of Kings

A survey by the American Intellectual Property Law Association found that even patent litigation on the smaller end of the spectrum (i.e., less than $1 million at risk) typically exceeds $500,000 in legal fees. While these numbers might seem daunting … Read More

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Help on the Horizon?

A founding goal of our patent system is to encourage smaller innovators to bring their ideas to the marketplace.  In theory, a patent furthers this goal by giving innovators time to develop an idea before having to compete with scale-advantaged … Read More

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Things We Like: The Merger and Acquisition Roundtable

The Merger and Acquisition Roundtable of Arizona has been around since 1988. The group is made of local business members and meets 3 or 4 times a year with a goal to help the Phoenix area prosper through growth.  If … Read More

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