Whitman Controls Corporation obtains Registered Trademark

I would like to congratulate my client Whitman Controls Corporation of Bristol, CT for recently obtaining a registered trademark on a stylized WC for their products.  The trademark can be seen here.   Whitman Controls Corporation is a switch manufacturer selling pressure switches; vacuum pressure switches; differential switches; temperature switches; level switches; and other goods.

USPTO holding their next Inventor Info Chat Webinar on Feb 15, 2018

The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon ET when they will provide a presentation on claim drafting.

Presentation overview:

  • Gain awareness of the questions to answer before claiming your invention;
  • Learn how patent claims can be written, what to emphasize, and what to avoid; and
  • Learn about one possible approach to drafting patent claims.

The patent office will discuss the parts of the claim and will include claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents. The presentation will be particularly helpful for those inventors considering filing a patent application and for those who are currently prosecuting their patent application.

For assistance, please send an email to Learn more, including how to attend, at the patent office event page, which can be accessed here.

New patent issued after appeal brief filed

I would like to congratulate my client Michael Hagen of Tolland, CT for receiving a patent on his Vehicle Gutter Spout Cover. This was a hard patent to get to issue!

This invention is generally a cover that goes over the spout of a gutter on an RV. The gutter spout cover protects an RV cover from being damaged by the gutter spout, when the RV is being stored away. The patent office kept on rejecting this patent application until I was forced to file an appeal brief in order to finally get the USPTO to allow the patent application to issue. The patent can be found here.

Milford, CT Patent Attorney teaching class on patents, trademarks and copyrights, March 1 and March 8, 2018

Milford, CT Patent Attorney will be teaching an adult education class on patents, trademarks and copyrights, on March 1 and March 8, 2018. Michael A. Blake, registered patent attorney will be the instructor. This class is geared for individual inventors and small businesses. An overview of the U.S. patent system, trademarks, and copyrights will be presented. Topic details also include the patent process, preparation, prosecution, and issuance. Learn about how to protect your invention. The class will be at Law High School. See this link for more details. Fill out the registration form at the back of the Adult Education catalog to sign up for the class.

Commercializing your Invention Class a big success!

HI All,
On Thursday, September 28, 2017 I taught a course on Commercializing your Invention through Milford Adult Education.  For two hours we discussed how to take your invention from the idea stage, to actually making money with it.  Of course I answered a variety of questions from my students.  In the Spring of 2018, I will be teaching a two-evening course on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for the Individual Inventor and Small Businesses.  Check the Milford Adult Education spring catalog which should come out soon.  Hope to see you there.