Trademark Symbols – “®” “TM” “SM” – What Do They Mean and When Should I Use Them?

By: Christopher Proskey | 01.10.2022

I’m often asked the question “What do the Trademark Symbols – “®” “TM” “SM” – mean, and when should I use them?” Only One Rule: There is only one rule that you have to follow when it comes to the use of trademark symbols, and that is: You cannot use the “®” symbol unless and Read…

Big Developments In European Patent Protection – The Myth of a European Unitary Patent May Soon Become Reality

By: Christopher Proskey | 12.13.2021

Filing patents in Europe has always been challenging, and unsatisfying – if not downright disheartening. That’s because there has been no way to get comprehensive patent coverage across the European Union. In the U.S. you can get one patent that covers all 50 States. No such system exists in Europe. Instead, in Europe to get 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…

A Huge Win For Iowa’s Great Distilleries!

By: Christopher Proskey | 05.11.2017

The law, as it was written, allowed Iowa breweries and wineries to serve alcohol on site to paying customers.  However, Iowa distilleries did not enjoy a similar privilege.  This meant that Iowa distilleries could not sell a glass of their spirits to visiting customers.  This Prohibition era restriction limits customer engagement with Iowa distilleries which Read…

What is a Patent Claim? How to Quickly Interpret the Meaning of a Claim

By: Christopher Proskey | 10.23.2015

As we say in the industry, “The Name of the Game is the Claim!” Claims are by far the most important part of a patent application.  They are the numbered paragraphs at the end of a patent.  The claims define “scope” of the patent.  Just like a property line defines a piece of property, claims Read…