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Trademark Marijuana Products?

Products that are used to smoke marijuana received U.S. federal trademark registration in November 2018. Yet it remains impermissible to trademark drug paraphernalia under federal law. How was this trademark obtained? Use-in-Commerce Specimen Submitted by Applicant in...

Nikola vs. Tesla – Design Patent Litigation – What Would Nikola Tesla Think?

Design patents can be an effective method of protecting the look of a product. Although narrow in scope, design patents can provide real protection of a company’s intellectual property especially when multiple design patents are used to protect a concept, as shown by the lawsuit Nikola Corporation has filed against Tesla, Inc.

Patent a Recipe?

Recently there have been many inquires about patenting a recipe. Many of these inquires are related to the new California law legalizing marijuana that has inspired many entrepreneurs. However, a recipe is patentable only if the recipe meets certain narrow criteria. ...

Ten Million (10,000,000) Patents

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) anticipates that utility patent number 10,000,000 will issue sometime in 2018.  According to the PTO, the 10 millionth patent symbolizes the position of the United States as an innovative and economic powerhouse based on...