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2017 Q4 Newsletter

Insights for Inventors and Entrepreneurs   A Good Trademark What makes for a great trademark? Taking a hint from the title of this article, one answer suggests itself – a completely made-up one! Explore how to make a great trademark   Clients in the News...
Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents is a bad idea. The other owners have free discretion to do what they want with the patent. The best way to own a patent is to assign it to a single entity, a business or a trust, and let the single entity control the patent. Here is an...
The First Issued US Patents

The First Issued US Patents

Curious as to the very first patent ever granted by the United States?  The patent grant shown above was the first one issued, to sole inventor Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont in July of 1790. The Hopkins patent claimed an “Improvement, not known before...