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From 1 to 10,000,000 – A History of Patents

Tuesday June 19th, 2018 goes down in history for the patent world as the day U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000 was granted. The journey from patent No.1 to patent 10,000,000 …
By Jaclyn Jones & Rocky Berndsen
2 months ago 5

Invention and Patents: Phyllis Schlafly’s Legacy

In addition to these other areas of policy interest, however, Phyllis Schlafly had a strong and enduring interest in issues relating to invention, patents and other forms …
By Charles Schott
3 months ago 1

World Pi Day: 3/14 — The Ongoing Mystery of Pi

Today is National and World Pi Day because the numbers of the day (3-14) match the first three digits for pi or , the Greek letter, 3.1415926535897...  Although most …
By Raymond Van Dyke
5 months ago 6

Olympics and Intellectual Property: What Brands Need to Know

“The purpose of Rule 40 is to prevent over-commercialization of the games and to protect the exclusivity of the official sponsors, who spend many millions of dollars to …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
5 months ago 0

The Most Iconic (and Patented) Games

Several years ago we profiled the Top 10 Iconic (and Patented) Toys in our Christmas Eve edition. This year we decided to profile the most iconic and patented …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
8 months ago 1

Santa Claus: A Patent History

There is no doubt that Santa Claus contributes greatly to the staggering 2017 predictions for holiday spending... Indeed, after reading all these patents (and the many others I …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 1

Santa Claus Trademark: A Legal Opinion

Dear Mr. Claus: You recently contacted this office to confirm the availability of your proposed "SANTA CLAUS" trademark for use in your business and, if this mark …
By Howard Zaharoff
8 months ago 4

Process for de-boning a turkey

This year on Thanksgiving I find myself recovering from back surgery, so in addition to my annual thank you message to readers — your reading makes this all …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 1

Trademark a Band Name: What’s in a Rock Band’s Name?

While it is possible to copyright the design of a band logo, the band name itself is not copyrightable (see here and here). Band names are protectable …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
11 months ago 0

My Top 25 Songs of All Time

I took Gene’s request to heart and really tried to capture my top 25 songs. To be honest, however, I had a very difficult time narrowing the …
By Russell Slifer
1 year ago 8

Why Gene Simmons Abandoned His ‘Devil Horns’ Trademark Application

Earlier this month, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons filed to trademark the "Devil Horns" hand gesture, but this unusual application was soon after abandoned. The application listed the …

Nintendo trademark, Universal patent applications shed light on future of Super Nintendo World

The trademark application also gives some idea as to how immersive an entertainment experience Nintendo is hoping will be built at its themed areas in Universal parks. …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Emergy Labs Wins LES Foundation’s 2016-2017 International Business Plan Competition Grand Prize

The LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition, now in its 13th year, focuses uniquely on the intellectual property (IP) aspects of business strategy. For the first 11 years, …
By Renee C. Quinn
1 year ago 1

The Story of Phyllis Schlafly’s Devotion to Patents and Inventors

Phyllis Schlafly was a true friend of and advocate for the American inventor. Mrs. Schlafly’s life-long admiration of inventors was deeply felt and well-founded. Her biographer …

Special Report: The Santa Transport Patent

The solution to this intractable puzzle was provided by Santa in the Patent, which describes a grid of enormous, land-based wind turbines running back and forth between …
By Howard Zaharoff
2 years ago 7

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