Welcome to the intellectual property blog for West & Associates. As experts working on the cutting edge of legal matters we will work diligently to provide the most current information available about Patent, Trademark and Copyright Licensing, Procurment (Prosecution) and Litigation. Additional information can always be accessed directly on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website (www.uspto.gov), the U.S. Copyright Office website (www.copyright.gov) or the website for West & Associates (www.westpatentlaw.com).

Monday, October 3, 2011

Changes In Patent Laws

Click Here to RSVP and Register for our FREE seminar on Patent Law Changes in Walnut Creek on October 11, 2011

As of September 16, 2011, the U.S. Patent Laws will shortly be changed forever from a first-to-invent system, to a first-to-file under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.  There are numerous changes within the timeline of this law from the date of enactment to 18 months out that will completely change the way in which a patent is completed.  You must act now to preserve your rights before the new laws become effective.

Below are some useful government links to the newest Patent information available.

The USPTO is continually updating the laws and what they mean.  You can find more information on their website at: http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/index.jsp

As you can see from looking at some of the information provided on the links, the new Patent Laws can be extremely confusing to understand.  Trying to comprehend how the laws will or do affect your patent(s) / business in the coming months may be disconcerting or frustrating.  Therefore, making sure you plan accordingly is extremely important.  Some of the changes include filings for both small businesses and micro entities; as well as, the way the submission of prior art is used and a new fee schedule that applies to all the changes.

Should you need more assistance in understanding the new law, or to find out how the changes may affect your patent(s) / business, we are offering a seminar coming up in the next week.  Come to our seminar on October 11, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Heather Farm Community Center – Club Room, 301, North San Carlos Drive at Ygnacio Valley Road. 

Click Here to RSVP and Register for our FREE seminar on Patent Law Changes.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Patent "Reform" is Almost Law

In an 89 to 9 vote earlier today, Senate passed the America Invents Act which drastically changes the US patent system.  The only remaining hurdle to enactment of the law is the signature of President Obama, who has indicated that he favors signing the bill into law.

The most significant impact of this bill will be the modification of our current first-to-invent system to a new first-to-file system.  Under the new law, it may be a race to the patent office as the first inventor to file the patent application will be entitled to receive the patent for an invention.  While this may seem harsh, it is very much in-line with the laws of almost all other countries in the world.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trademark SCAM! Have you received a letter like this for your overseas trademark application?

Pay close attention, this document is a scam to get thousands from you with no reasonable purpose.
To start, do not pay any company that claims to “Register” your mark “internationally.” Any document in relationship to your trademark application and/or registered mark, should be strictly from the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” “The World Intellectual Property Office” or your attorney.
Second, read the fine print “By transferring the amount indicated, you approve this offer for listing in the TM-Collection- Edition 2011.” We visited their website: www.tm-collection.com and found that it is an “unofficial” trademark catalog and it is in fact a graphic design company.

If you decide to pay $1650.00 for this scam for your mark to appear in a catalog of trademarks, please keep in mind that this will not affect the Registration of your Trademark .
If you have any further questions, you should contact your attor

Monday, March 21, 2011

Excellent Presention of Trends in Intellectual Property

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