COVID-19 Will Spawn a Slew of New Patent Filings

By: David Breiner | 03.26.2020

  Currently, we are inundated with information about COVID-19, which is short for coronavirus disease 2019. Coronaviruses are relatively large spherical viruses having projections extending from their outer surface. Once attached to a host cell, the host cell cleaves, allowing the genetic material of the virus to enter the host cell. Once inside, the genetic Read…

Granting of Waivers by The United States Patent and Trademark Office for Abandoned or Canceled Patent and Trademark Applications

By: David Breiner |

  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak to be an “extraordinary situation.” As such, the USPTO has taken steps to reduce certain costs associated with reviving cancelled or abandoned patent and trademark applications. Filing responses and paying fees associated with patent applications often come with hard Read…

Slashing Costs? Don’t Let The Abandonment Of Your IP Portfolio Be “A Permanent Reminder Of A Temporary Feeling.”

By: Christopher Proskey | 03.25.2020

  Economic crisis, Jimmy Buffett and IP portfolios, here we go. I’ve spent the last two weeks talking with clients, colleagues and friends all over the world trying to wrap my head around the current situation we’re in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These conversations have confirmed the entire world is doing what Read…

Claiming Color as Part of a Trademark

By: David Breiner | 09.19.2019

A trademark is a symbol used in commerce to identify a source of goods and services. This symbol often takes the form of a logo, word(s), and/or phrase. Trademark protection comes from using a trademark in commerce. However, trademark protection may be enhanced by filing the trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  A typical Read…

Bankrupt with Bygone Rights: Supreme Court Tackles Tough Trademark Issue

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 08.22.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mackensie Graham, and BrownWinick attorney, Jordan Meggison-Decker In a recent Supreme Court case that bridged the areas of law between intellectual property, contracts, and bankruptcy, trademark licensees came away with a win. To best understand the May 2019 decision in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, let’s start with Read…

Principal Trademark Registration vs. Supplemental Trademark Registration

By: BrownWinick | 11.08.2018

Prosecuting a trademark at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is one of the most strict administrative proceedings in the world. The USPTO is very active in examining applications and is constantly policing the trademark registers. Yes, that says registers, as in plural. There is actually more than one register available to those Read…

How to Raise Money for Your Business – Part 2: Micro-Loans

By: BrownWinick | 09.19.2018

Getting a business started is like approaching a massive steel wheel. There are no axels, no motors, just you, an idea and the wheel. The wheel is stationary. Like Atlas, you shoulder the wheel and start to press with all your strength. The wheel budges a little. The more effort you put in, the more Read…

How to Raise Money for Your Business – Part 1: Grants & Programs

By: BrownWinick | 08.20.2018

Quick’s Design & Construction is what I called my failed business. My 20-year-old self started a construction business with the goal of paying my rent while completing my engineering degree. I was young and energetic with 6 years of industry experience. What could go wrong? Three years later I was selling my tools, trailer, and Read…

Protect Your Brand Like Ivanka Trump

By: BrownWinick | 06.08.2018

Ivana “Ivanka” Trump is not only an American businesswoman. She also holds the titles of fashion designer, author, and reality television personality.  And, based on recent activity at the trademark office, Ms. Trump is both smart and savvy when it comes to protecting her brand and actively registering trademarks. In fact, Ms. Trump has recently Read…

Amazon Brand Registry Program

By: BrownWinick | 05.30.2018

If you sell on Amazon or want to sell on Amazon, you should take advantage of Amazon’s revised Brand Registry program. The Brand Registry program is a powerful tool to keep others from listing items on Amazon using your brand. The Amazon Brand Registry program is currently free for all Amazon sellers and provides another Read…