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  •      A registered trademark offers business value, legal protection, peace of mind, and the ability for your company to develop more fully. Many modern “do-it-yourself” legal programs boast that for a small fee any individual can draft and file their own legal documents, including trademark applications to be filed with the USPTO. There are, however, a number of circumstances – some obvious, others not …

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  • Many YouTube users create a strong presence on the video-hosting website, establishing themselves and their username as a brand or even an empire. As YouTube has evolved into more than just a video site – arguably a career-launching and income-making platform – users logically may seek  trademark protection of their usernames through federal registration with the USPTO. The company LegalZoom instructs readers that users may be …

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  • On 19 December 2012, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 75019) issuing the Office’s final rule implementing the micro entity provision of § 10 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Applicants who qualify under this new status will be entitled to a 75% reduction in many of the fees associated with the patent …

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  • Yesterday, 17 September 2012, marked the one-year anniversary of the America Invents Act, as well as the implementation of seven new provisions. Here’s an overview: Inventor’s oath or declaration: Now in lieu of an inventor’s oath or declaration, a substitute statement can be filed in certain circumstances. Further, the filing of the inventor’s oath or declaration can now be delayed until an application is in …

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  • Effective 16 September 2012, patent applicants have more options. In addition to prior art, a party will be allowed to submit into a file statements that the patent owner made regarding the scope of any claim during either a federal court proceeding or another USPTO proceeding. This provision is actually broader than  it seems, as “during a federal court proceeding or another USPTO proceeding” includes any …

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