3D Printing Pops Up In Manhattan

Tech enthusiasts and spare parts aficionados are celebrating the first retail 3D printing outlet in the United States.  MakerBot, a homegrown 3D printing industry leader is putting the final touches on its flagship NoHo store.   The store will offer retail customers the chance to purchase objects printed by MakerBot’s latest 3D printer, the Replicator 2. … Continue reading

Prior Art Search? There’s An App For That

OK there’s not really an app for that, but here’s the next best thing:  The folks at Google have once again provided a tool that may redefine the experience of independent inventors and small companies looking to find prior art.  This week, Google added a “find prior art” button to its already highly useful patent … Continue reading

Can My Website Be A “Specimen” For Showing “Use In Commerce” Of My Trademark?

In order to perfect rights in a trademark application, the applicant must show that the trademark is being “Used in Commerce.”  Use in Commerce means that the mark must be used in the sale or transport of goods or the rendering of services in “interstate” commerce. For goods, the mark must appear on the goods (e.g., tags or … Continue reading

Independent Inventors Meet With U.S.P.T.O. Director David Kappos

USPTO suggestions for inventors

This morning (July 27, 2012) independent inventors gathered for a round-table discussion, and breakfast, with Patent Office director, David Kappos.  The event was organized by Patrick Raymond of the Inventor’s Association of Manhattan and hosted by Troutman Sanders LLP  who also provided a delightful breakfast.  Brian Fried of the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County led a contingent … Continue reading

The 2 Flavors of Trademark Applications

A common question of inventors, developers and business owners is when to register a trademark.  Many carry the misconception that it is not possible to register a trademark until the product or service is sold.  Actually, it is proper to file a trademark application under two circumstances:   Use In Commerce: The mark is being used … Continue reading

DIY Patent Searching With Google

Just in case you didn’t know, Google the omnipresent search giant, has gotten into the patent search game.  Google’s patent search portal is easy to use, effective, and free.  While Google patent search is not a substitute for a detailed, professionally done prior art or patentability search, it can be a very useful tool, especially … Continue reading