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Ms. Anderson provides a full complement of trademark related services to an international clientele with an emphasis on strategic counseling and dispute resolution. She assists her clients in every stage of the creation, maintenance, and protection of their trademark rights, including selecting and clearing new trademarks, securing trademark rights through registration in the U.S. and abroad, and formulating and executing enforcement strategies designed to maximize the value and scope of thes...
Mr. Havlick has focused on non-patent intellectual property law at Holland & Hart since 1986. He co-chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Group and heads the firm's Trademark Practice. He concentrates on virtually all aspects of foreign and domestic trademark and domain name matters. He assists clients in selecting, searching, investigating, clearing, registering, and properly using their trademarks. Mr. Havlick has extensive experience in the licensing and enforcing of trademark and do...
Per’s practice focuses on patent counseling and domestic and foreign patent prosecution for the electronic and computer arts. He works with sophisticated technology companies to develop and manage their patent portfolios,and plays a key role in supervising and mentoring junior attorneys on patent-related matters. Per is particularly skilled at guiding technically complex applications to allowance. He is adept at identifying and synthesizing the subtleties of his clients’ most comp...
Catherine’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark portfolio management, including trademark prosecution and enforcement strategies, as well as trademark license agreements, copyright, and brand management strategy. Catherine brings substantial experience across various industries, through previous roles in IP boutique firms and in-house with the Legal & Business Affairs department of an international television network in Washington, D.C. Her practice encompassed ...
Kazuyo Morita provides clients with a range of trademark-related services, helping her clients maximize and protect the value of their domestic and international trademark portfolios. In addition to trademark law, Kazuyo handles matters in the area of promotions and sweepstakes, copyright, and privacy. In all practice areas, Kazuyo provides creative legal advice by applying her background in educational neuroscience, synthesizing complex information into a more visual and understandable forma...
Nathan is well-versed in both U.S. and foreign patent practice, and has significant experience prosecuting patent applications in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Korea. He works with organizations with sophisticated technologies across the medical device and wireless communications industries, building deep and enduring relationships with his clients. He immerses himself in their products, business goals, industry, and competitive landscape. He leverages innovative technologies during eve...
Dr. Amy Tindell is an intellectual property attorney with experience across a diverse range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, computer programs and security, alcoholic beverages, consumer products and retail, and sporting equipment and events. Amy focuses her practice in trademark prosecution and enforcement. She counsels clients on trademark selection and clearance, and on strategies for securing, maintaining, and enforcing their trademark portfolios, both domestical...
Patent Law Definition
A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing.
Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent.
Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce.
The following items are patentable under these statutes:
- Processes: new methods of doing something
- Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
- Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
- Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
- Improvements in any of the above
- Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
- Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
- Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
- Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
- Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.
A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.
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