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Article published in Texas Lawyer Magazine

I was recently published in Texas Lawyer magazine (www.TexasLawyer.com, article here). I wrote an article discussing how companies can utilize patent families to increase their patent protection scope while lowering their costs associated with obtaining the patents.

By | 2014-05-02T21:04:07+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Article published in Texas Lawyer Magazine

How to respond to a trademark office action?

So you have filed your trademark, waited for an Examiner at the USPTO to review your trademark, and you have received an Office Action from the USPTO stating that there is a “likelihood of confusion” of your trademark an existing trademark. How do you respond to the trademark office action? The first step is to [...]

By | 2013-12-07T20:03:52+00:00 December 7th, 2013|Blog, Trademark Basics|Comments Off on How to respond to a trademark office action?

VISTAN CORPORATION v. FADEI USA, INC.

In this case, Vistan is the owner of US Patent No 5,870,949 is directed towards appliances, and more specifically towards a pitting apparatus with a box cam. Claims 5 and 12 are at issue in this case. For your reference, claim 5 is reproduced below: 5. A fruit pitting apparatus, including: a frame; holders having [...]

By | 2013-12-06T18:09:06+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Blog, Patent Attorney Takeaways|Comments Off on VISTAN CORPORATION v. FADEI USA, INC.

Sleepiness detection for a driver? There is a patent lawsuit for that!

AUSTIN PATENT ATTORNEY OVERVIEW: Ibormeith IP, LLC was is the assignee of US Patent Number 6,313,749, which is directed towards monitoring conditions affecting a vehicle driver’s sleepiness and warning the driver before the drive falls asleep. The monitor in the ‘749 patent takes into account multiple factors associated with sleepiness including the driver’s circadian rhythm, [...]

By | 2013-11-29T18:06:25+00:00 November 29th, 2013|Blog, Patent Attorney Takeaways|Comments Off on Sleepiness detection for a driver? There is a patent lawsuit for that!

NETFLIX’S PATENT APPLICATION FOR PARALLEL STREAMING OF CONTENT

Netflix recently had a patent application publish for technology directed towards parallel streaming of data to different devices. This is a link to the patent application U.S. patent application #US 20130173758. At a high level the patent application describes methods for a content player to stream media using multiple network connections. As known in streaming [...]

By | 2013-09-19T13:05:22+00:00 September 19th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on NETFLIX’S PATENT APPLICATION FOR PARALLEL STREAMING OF CONTENT

Ever wonder what the patent application for a PS4 controller looks like?

I was curious to see what patents Sony had on controller developments that may be used for the PS4, this link is to a published patent for one of the patent applications Sony may have for the upcoming PS4 (link to patent). In this blogpost, I will discuss some of the features of the controllers [...]

By | 2013-09-18T21:10:59+00:00 September 18th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Ever wonder what the patent application for a PS4 controller looks like?

Ever wonder what the patent on the Nintendo Wii U GamePad Looks like?

Nintendo recently had one of their patents associated with the Wii U publish, US Patent Application Number 2013/0109473 (LINK) . US patents are published 18 months after they are their priority date. Thus, this patent application was filed in 2011. If you are interested, this is a link to one of my blogposts that reviews [...]

By | 2013-09-18T21:12:55+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Ever wonder what the patent on the Nintendo Wii U GamePad Looks like?

FITBIT’s (wearable tech.) Recently Allowed Patent Application

FITBIT is a company that manufactures wireless-enabled wearable devices that measures fitness related data, such as the number of steps a user’s has walked, hours slept, etc. My main reason for writing this blog was due to my interest in both patents and fitness related technology. Due to this, I was interested to see the [...]

By | 2013-09-17T18:31:07+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on FITBIT’s (wearable tech.) Recently Allowed Patent Application

Patent Examiners Are People Too!

As a patent attorney living in Austin, Texas, I have to deal with patent examiners at the USPTO when responding to office actions. My experiences with patent examiners at the USPTO are typically positive, although many of my patent attorney colleagues sometimes disagree. I do not view patent examiners as the enemy; they just have [...]

By | 2013-09-17T16:50:42+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Patent Examiners Are People Too!

What to do if an Examiner is being unreasonable in Patent Examination?

An Austin Patent Attorney’s overview of Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Request In a few instances as a patent attorney I felt that a patent examiner at the USPTO is being completely unreasonable in their rejection of claims. However, in these instances after amending the claims and working with the patent examiner to differentiate the claims and [...]

By | 2013-09-17T14:55:29+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on What to do if an Examiner is being unreasonable in Patent Examination?