1. Amazon Wristband Patents Await Potential Legal Challenges

    Earlier this year, the U.S. patent and trademark office (USPTO) issued two patents to giant online retailer Amazon (“Amazon Patents”) for wristbands that are able to locate users’ hands and control and direct their movements. Specifically, the technology of the Amazon Patents determines the position of user’s hands relative to storage bins used for storing customer ordered items, and, in t…Read More

  2. Using Patents to Establish Brand

    Small businesses and especially startups are often well aware of what a patent can accomplish for their businesses; provide a legal monopoly for their inventions for a period of time.  And yet, the effects of a patent can go beyond protection of an invention and can include helping establish a strong brand for the business, which can further enhance the value of the business.  How can patents ac…Read More

  3. Your Trademark Can Become Useless If You Can’t Prove Use

    A U.S. trademark registration must be maintained every five years, and renewed every ten, to keep it active and enforceable.  A component of this is the trademark owner filing an affidavit with the Trademark Office, stating the trademark owner is still using the mark in connection with the goods and services in the registration.  The affidavit had to be accompanied by a current specimen showing …Read More

  4. Filing Trademark Application Covering Multiple International Classes

    In the United States and most counties, the products or services for which trademarks are registered are categorized using the 45 product classes of the International Classification of Goods and Services under the Nice Agreement. Classes 1 to 34 are used for goods and classes 35 to 45 for services. For examples, dietary supplements fall under class 5, electronic equipment falls under class 9 and r…Read More