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Need help filing a Trademark? Trademark Application.
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What is a trademark?
A trademark is a form of protection for a product mark™ in the form of a word, name, phrase, tag-line (Standard Characters) symbol, graphic, color (Stylized and/or Design) or a combination word/graphic that identifies a product being introduced in the market place.
Trademark Registration: Different types of Trademarks:
Federal trademarks are filed with the USPTO and provide protection in all 50 states. To file for a federal trademark application the owner must be currently using or intending to use the mark in commerce across state lines.
State trademarks are typically filed with the state’s Secretary of State Office and provide for trademark protection within the state. Common Law trademark rights are obtained through use of the mark and are not governed by federal or state statute based on filing a trademark application, instead common law trademark rights developed under court created rights governed by state law.
How to Trademark a Name
1- List all descriptive words and synonyms that describe your product or service
2- Use the following rules to create your trademark from the list in step 1
a) Cut & combine – i.e., Microcomputer & Software were cut and combined to make MicroSoft
b) Cut – i.e., Intellectual (smart) cut to make Intel (smart computer chips)
c) Misdirect – i.e., Apple a fruit, (Isaac Newton symbol of an apple is equated with smart) to make Apple (a smart computer company)
d) Make up a word- i.e., Google
Create a list of possible trademarks using the rules above.
3- Search each possible trademark from step 2 on the Internet to see if it is in use. If in use by someone else strike this possible trademark from your list
4- Search www.godaddy.com to see if you can buy the domain name of your trademark? If available buy the domain with and without dashes between the words. i.e., www.inventorstartkit.com and www.inventor-start-kit.com
5- Hire trademark lawyers in Atlanta to perform a federal trademark screening and file a US trademark application to protect your trademark.
How to do a Trademark Search?
If you know what trademarks were filed before your Trademark then you may decide to tweak, edit or change your mark before you file a Trademark application to help assure its registration. We always recommend a pre-screening. US Trademark Search
If no similar marks are found related to your trademark and classification during a Trademark screening the next step is a Trademark Application.
What is a Patent Search?
A patent search is a search of issued patents and published patent applications that are relevant or related to your invention, which may be considered important “prior art” references when applying for a patent. Prior art is any product, publication, or patent, that may be relevant or related to your invention. In order to be patentable your invention must have a new part or element not found in prior art to be new or novel. A patent searcher reviews the drawings and text of US patents and patent applications to determine whether your invention is new and determines the scope of potential patentability. US Patent Search
Why perform a Patent Search?
There are many reasons why an inventor should spend time searching and educating themselves about existing patents and published patent applications, which are similar or related to the inventor’s idea. First, in order for your new idea to be patentable it must be new or novel. To be new or novel, means you typically have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process that no other patent contains. To know if you have a new part, element, feature, or step in a process you must research all of the existing patents and published patent applications. Where do you look for existing patents? Search online, at USPTO website. Download pdf files of any relevant patents and published patent applications and identify their parts and features. Step back and compare your invention’s list of parts to the parts and features found during your patent research and determine whether you have a new part or feature. If yes, you may have a new idea that can be protected by a patent.
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I’m a Patent Attorney and Entrepreneur who holds his own portfolio of pending and US patents and trademarks. I don’t just practice as a IP Attorney in Atlanta I am an Inventor and Idea person as well.
Mat Grell bio:
Law School: Western Michigan 1995 Undergraduate: University of Iowa, BSEE Electrical & Computer Engineering 1988
Mat is a founding partner of Grell & Watson and brings a unique background and 15 years of IP experience to the firm. Mat currently concentrates his practice in patent drafting and prosecution and business contract drafting and negotiation. Prior to founding the firm, Mat was a patent attorney at Myers & Kaplan, an IP boutique in Atlanta, GA. From 2000-2004, Mat was VP & General Counsel for Movaz Networks, Inc. His primary responsibilities included duties as a member of the executive team, including detailed experience with formation, raising $150M in capital, business contracts, intellectual property rights, HR/employment, corporate policy, M&A due diligence, dispute resolution, sales and business development, engineering & product management legal support, supply management and export compliance. From 1993 to 2000, Mat was a Patent Attorney and Senior Licensing Officer with the University of California Office of Technology Transfer & earlier at Michigan State University Office of Intellectual Property preparing provisional patents, marketing and licensing university technology.
IP Experience – Mat’s patent prosecution experiences (Patent, Provisional, Trademark, Copyright, applications and searches) and more specifically telecommunication systems, optical switching, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), optics and optical electronics, analog/digital circuits, power electronics, check processing, financial systems, insurance & plant inspection systems, desalination systems, waste water treatment apparatus, door and cabinet hinges, door closure and latch mechanisms, mechanical devices and systems, software, and business methods, among others.
General Counsel – Movaz Networks $150M VC funded telecom hardware/software company providing next generation all-optical network solutions based on University patent pending portfolio. Member of the executive team, including detailed experience with formation, raising capital, business contracts, intellectual property rights, HR/employment, corporate policy, M&A due diligence, dispute resolution, sales and business development support, engineering & product management support, supply management and export compliance. Chaired & managed an IP disclosure & review committee. Mat prepared US patent and trademark applications and managed outside counsel, including patent and litigation counsel.
Entrepreneur – Founded start-ups such as www.InventorStartKit.com The kit includes a digital download with inventor information & instructions, actual samples, and your own ready to use forms for recording your invention, evaluating the protectability and marketability of your invention. In addition, the website offers helpful educational information about inventions; Inventor NDA; and Inventor Business Plan Kit. www.BeanPool.com is a on-line and print publishing company in the local search arena. BeanPool provides a trusted resource for on-line users to share their opinions on local businesses and to connect with each other and with the best businesses in their community.
IP Licensing Experience – Senior Licensing Officer with the University of California Office of Technology Transfer & Michigan State University Office of Intellectual Property Manager of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Office of Technology Transfer System wide office. Managed technical writers, technology marketers and an intellectual property portfolio of 300+ inventions yearly, negotiated and drafted terms and conditions of research, material transfer and license agreements (software, electronics, medical devices, physics& plant varieties), managed patent interference actions, mediation, arbitration, litigation and outside counsel.
Corporate Contract Experience – NDA, development, prototyping, contract manufacturing, trials, quality assurance/testing, interoperability, purchase & license, support, maintenance & EFI services, patent & software licensing, reseller/distributor, services, teaming, OEM, software escrow agreements, IT, web development, joint development, supply, promotion, and other business contracts.
Engineering Experience – Worked as a controls Engineer, Department of Power Operations, Hydroelectric Power Plants Union Electric. I managed 15 electricians & mechanics as the senior project engineer for the automation and remote control of hydroelectric generators using PLCs, rewinding of generators and their conversion to static excitation, and switch yard and transformer installations.
Mat is licensed patent attorney Atlanta to practice law in Georgia and Washington. Mat is also registered patent attorney Atlanta to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
I founded Grell & Watson, a group of IP Lawyers in Atlanta GA, specializes in Intellectual Property Law – Patent, Trademark, Copyright, applications and searches, Business Contracts, & Licensing. We are a group of IP Attorneys specializing as Patent Attorney, IP Attorneys, Patent Attorneys, IP Lawyers, Trademark Attorney, and Trademark lawyer.
G&W’s unique business model of reducing the overhead costs of traditional law firms while still maintaining all of the resources required of IP law firms, allows GW a group of attorneys in Atlanta GA to serve Atlanta and the rest of Georgia in an extremely efficient manner that will be economically beneficial for the clients and the community.
What is a Patent?
A patent is a right granted to an inventor by the federal government for the inventor to be the only one to make his/her invention, to use it, to offer it for sale, to sell it, or to import it into the United States for a period of twenty (20) years for utility patents.
“Whoever 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….” 35 U.S. Code 101
Why do I need a Patent?
The only two ways to protect your invention are by a patent or by keeping it secret. Unfortunately, keeping your invention secret is very difficult, because once you sell your device or practice your method, others can “reverse engineer” and figure out how to make your device or use your method.
What is a Provisional Patent?
A provisional application is a temporary patent filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that establishes an early filing date, gets you to patent pending, has less formal filing requirements, but does not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a regular non-provisional patent application within one year.
What is a Regular, Non-Provisional, or Utility Patent?
A non provisional or utility patent application is a US patent application that meets all the requirements of patentability set forth by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Patents in the US generally have a term of 20 years from the date on which the earliest application for the patent was filed. The written document of a non provisional patent application comprises a specification, which includes a title, technical field, background, brief summary, brief description of the drawings, detailed description of the preferred and selected alternate embodiments, one or more claims, an abstract, and one or more formal drawings of the invention. The drawings must show every feature of the invention specified in the claims. Regular patent applications are examined by an Examiner at the USPTO, which take at least 18 months. The regular patent application provides the inventor with an application for patent having a priority date and “patent pending” status.
What is a Design Patent?
A design patent is a patent that protects the visual characteristics embodied in or applied to an article. Since a design is manifested in appearance, the subject matter of a design patent application may relate to the configuration or shape of an article, to the surface ornamentation applied to an article, or to the combination of configuration and surface ornamentation.
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How to Patent your idea
What do IP lawyers do for an inventor? When an inventor seeking to patent their invention, you need a IP Attorney. Patent law is a highly specialized area of the law and a IP attorney will diligently work to make sure that your invention achieves patent pending and hopefully issues as a patent. IP Attorneys help inventors research their invention (both patent and product research), guide them through the patent application process to protect their invention.