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Real inventions are not on Shark Tank

Big shark in the oceanariumOn Tuesday evening, I went to a “shark tank” event at TechNexus in Chicago. Thanks to my friend and colleague Nancy Fallon-Houle, the startup business lawyer, for inviting me. Here’s what I’ve learned about inventions and Shark Tank. If you’d like to know more about how to profit from your inventions, this article is for you.… Continue Reading

How Young Turks Can Help Build Your IP Portfolio

37th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon 2015Are you protecting your company’s patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property (IP) internationally? If not, you’re missing out! The Young Turks of IP, literally in Turkey and figuratively elsewhere, can help you to advance your company’s business interests through better, stronger IP protection. Here’s what’s at stake, with 7 tips on how and when to protect your … Continue Reading

Billion Dollar Lego Patent

Lego logo on boxFifty-eight years ago today, Kirk Godtfred of Lego filed his patent application on the basic building block, literally, of Lego’s billion dollar private fortune. Now, here’s the thing: A patent filed 58 years ago is long expired. The then-standard-17-year term ended in 1978. So how is it that Lego is still the only game in town?… Continue Reading

Branding Strategy for Redskins and You

BRAND. Magnifying glass over seamless background with differentHere’s a present for Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins. This is the gift for the man who has everything—in the tradition of Machiavelli’s offering to Medici of good counsel. And just as The Prince benefits all who read it, it is my hope and fervent desire that this modest article will be useful to you, the reader, … Continue Reading

Federal Court Upholds Offensive Trademark as Free Speech

Freedom Of SpeechWhat do the Redskins, The Slants, and the ACLU have in common? Citing the First Amendment, they say free speech trumps the Government’s efforts to ban offensive trademarks. They advocate for the rights of intellectual property owners, specifically trademark rights, for everyone who uses a mark in commerce. Even obnoxious marks. On the opposite side, the Government … Continue Reading

Eight Tips to Protect Your Patent and IP in China

Beem and BuddhaLast week, I went to Washington and came back from China. In D.C., I attended the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Annual Meeting, where I met with lawyers and patent attorneys from the U.S., China, and other countries, and I have continued meetings with the Chinese even after returning to my offices in Chicago. … Continue Reading

Patent World Convenes at IPO in Chicago

This week the world of corporate intellectual property (IP) converged in Chicago for the Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association. A record 1150 IP lawyers and patent and trademark attorneys attended from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America,  Australia and Africa. See attached photo (from left to right): Ray Ricordati, Renata Righetti, Richard Beem, … Continue Reading

Unitary patent: Why select Greece over Turkey?

Greece and Turkey are in the news. I visited both countries in May. Both are pleasant. Of the two, Turkey seems to be the more serious candidate for new business investment and related patents and intellectual property (IP). Greece notoriously has defaulted on its debt and is in danger of exiting the European Union (EU). Economically, the nation is not a major … Continue Reading
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