Siezure of Imported Goods

Many products sold in the United States are imported. Imported goods pass into the stream of commerce in the United States via a port of entry where the goods are subject to inspection by the United States Customs Service (Customs). U.S. businesses constantly face the problem of counterfeit or piratical imports coming into the country Read more about Siezure of Imported Goods[…]

Available Damages for Trademark Infringement

The monetary remedies available in trademark infringement actions vary depending on the specifics of the case, but in general, are based on the actual damages suffered by a trademark owner. One consideration in evaluating damages includes whether the Mark has been registered and whether proper notice has been provided. The damages may include profits lost Read more about Available Damages for Trademark Infringement[…]

Dilution of Trademarks = Trademark Infringement

A trademark is infringed when a mark or a similar mark is used in a way that is likely to confuse the public into believing that the trademark owner is the source or sponsor of products that it does not actually make or endorse. Trademark anti-dilution laws are intended to enable trademark owners to prevent Read more about Dilution of Trademarks = Trademark Infringement[…]

First to Invent = US, First to File = Others

US LAW One of the basic requirements for obtaining a patent is that the invention must be new. If the same invention has been patented before, or even written about or used for a certain amount of time before a patent is applied for, it will not be eligible for a patent. Sometimes, two or Read more about First to Invent = US, First to File = Others[…]

Beware of Provisional Patents aka Incomplete Patents

An ordinary patent application that is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is referred to as a “non-provisional” application to distinguish it from a “provisional” application. A “provisional” patent application is commonly referred to as an incomplete application. The provisional application was created to help eliminate a disadvantage to U.S. inventors Read more about Beware of Provisional Patents aka Incomplete Patents[…]

October 2005

Beware of Provisional Patents aka Incomplete Patents An ordinary patent application that is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is referred to as a “non-provisional” application to distinguish it from a “provisional” application. A “provisional” patent application is commonly referred to as an incomplete application. The provisional application was created to Read more about October 2005[…]