For many inventors, a patent is one of the most worthwhile investments one can make, as they can often provide different layers of protection for those seeking exclusive rights to their inventions and products. Without a patent, a competitor may be able to make and profit from your product or invention. To prevent this and […]
Gerben Law Firm's Trademark Blog
This trademark blog and informational section of the website is meant to provide you with answers to commonly asked questions about trademark searching, filing, and registration.
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Relocating Your Business to Philadelphia? Things to Consider
If you are a future Philly-business owner, you have almost certainly put time and effort into understanding your company’s new marketplace and the changes you may face in your industry environment upon relocation. When making a big move, it is even more important than ever to make sure that your branding, the key elements that […]
How to Calculate the Term (Length) of a Patent
Unlike some other forms of intellectual property, patents cannot be renewed for an indefinite period of time. Most notably, trademarks have a different process for renewals. Instead, patents have an expiration date; although calculating the term of a patent can be difficult and can involve a number of factors, as discussed briefly below. 1. What […]
The Main Types of Intellectual Property
There are three main types of intellectual property: A trademark is anything that represents a brand. Words, logos, and slogans are common trademarks. A copyright protects works of authorship, including novels, poetry, art, and music. A patent protects aspects of an invention, which can include both functionality and design. 1. Trademarks So what is a […]
How to Patent a Product
Steps to patent a product provided by a patent attorney: Hire an experienced patent attorney. Determine whether you should consider a design patent, a utility patent, or both. Work with your patent attorney to conduct a patentability search. File your application with the USPTO. Respond to Office Actions by set deadlines. Hire an Experienced Patent […]
How to File a Patent Application for a New Product or Invention
For many inventors, a patent is one of the most worthwhile investments one can make—the patent laws ensure that anyone who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor.” Without a patent, an opposing or competing party […]
How to Protect Product Packaging using Copyrights, Design Patents, and Trade Dress
Product packaging and design can be protected through copyrights, design patents and trade dress.