Patent rights are marital assets

On May 9, 2014, the Federal Circuit (the federal appeals court that generally hears all patent lawsuits), held in a nonprecedential opinion that a patent obtained during a marriage is a marital asset, at least in those states where assets obtained during marriage are considered marital assets. Thus, a non-inventing spouse is a co-owner. The case can be found here.

Law Offices of Michael A. Blake celebrates 10 years!

The Law Offices of Michael A. Blake started on April 1, 2004 in West Hartford, CT. 10 years later we are in Milford, CT and San Diego, CA. For the past decade we have been providing high quality and low cost patent, trademark and copyright services to businesses and invididuals. I personally wish to thank all my clients throughout the USA and the world for help making the Law Offices of Michael A. Blake a success!

New patents prepared by Michael A. Blake

I just added four new patents to my Patents page . These are patent applications that I prepared and were recently issued. One was for salve 070.PN.&OS=PN/D683, rx 070&RS=PN/D683,070″>Cigar Punch for a client in Thomaston, CT. The other was for a salve Packaging System and Method for a client in Oxford, CT. The third and fourth patents were for fish liver extracts that were used for human brain treatment, and that client was in Malta, NY and then moved to San Antonio, TX. Thus, as you can see, I have clients all over Connecticut and the USA.

Management of Intellectual Property Assets at Fairfield University

I am happy to announce that I am once again teaching the graduate engineering course Management of Intellectual Property Assets at Fairfield University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The course will enable students to recognize the different types of intellectual property (IP) and to use corresponding forms of protection. In addition, the students will learn to assess the value of IP to the organization and perceive effective methods for using it to advance important company objectives such as increasing its sales volume, improving its profit margin, or improving the business value, upon its sale. The course also teaches how to determine the monetary value of a company’s holdings in IP and how to establish the policies and processes for protecting them from competition. Throughout the course we will address the legal issues surrounding rights of ownership, the existence of infringement, and technology transfer. The student will develop an ability to recognize the specific issues that distinguish an invention or other form of IP from its potential competition in the market place, causing it to be superior to competitive products or services.
I generally teach this course in the Spring, so if interested, sign up for it in the Fall of 2014.

We serve clients all over the world.

I was recently looking at my client list, view and after 10 years of having my own patent-trademark-copyright practice I realized that I truly have clients all over the world. Here is just a short list of where my international clients are located:

Ilmenau, Germany;
Pforzheim, Fed Rep Germany;
Angus, Scotland;
Brampton, Ontario, Canada;
Shanghai, China.

In the USA, I have clients in 22 states. Some of these clients are located here:

Fairhope, AL;
Phoenix, AZ;
San Diego, CA;
Sacramento, CA;
Saratoga, CA;
Fort Collins, CO;
Ansonia, CT;
Avon, CT;
Beacon Falls, CT;
Berline, CT;
Branford, CT;
Bridgeport, CT;
Bristol, CT;
Brookfield, CT;
Cheshire, CT;
Chester, CT;
Clinton, CT;
Cromwell, CT;
Danbury, CT;
Derby, CT;
East Granby, CT;
East Haddam, CT;
East Hampton, CT;
East Lyme, CT;
Easton, CT;
Essex, CT;
Fairfield, CT;
Gales Ferry, CT;
Granby, CT;
Goshen, CT;
Griswold, CT;
Groton, CT;
Guilford, CT;
Hamden, CT;
Hartford, CT;
Huntington, CT;
Kent, CT;
Killingworth, CT;
Madison, CT;
Manchester, CT;
Meriden, CT;
Middlebury, CT;
Middletown, CT;
Milford, CT;
Monroe, CT;
New Britain, CT;
New Canaan; CT;
New Fairfield, CT;
New Haven, CT;
New Milford, CT;
Newington, CT;
Newtown, CT;
Niantic, CT;
Noank, CT;
Northford, CT;
Norwalk, CT;
Norwich, CT;
Old Greenwich, CT;
Old Lyme, CT;
Old Saybrook, CT
Orange, CT;
Oxford, CT;
Plainville, CT;
Plymouth, CT;
Pomfret Center; CT;
Ridgefield, CT;
Riverside, CT;
Rocky Hill, CT;
Sandy Hook, CT;
Seymour, CT;
Shelton, CT;
Sherman, CT;
Simsbury, CT;
Somers, CT;
Southbury, CT;
South Windsor, CT;
Stamford, CT;
Storrs Mansfield, CT;
Stratford, CT;
Terryville, CT;
Thomaston, CT;
Tolland, CT;
Torrington, CT;
Trumbull, CT;
Uncasville, CT;
Wallingford, CT;
Waterford, CT;
Wethersfield, CT;
West Hartford, CT;
West Haven, CT;
Weston, CT;
Westport, CT;
Winsdor, CT;
Winstead, CT;
Wolcott, CT;
Woodbridge, CT;
Parkland, FL;
Ormond Beach, FL;
Alpharetta, GA;
Canton, GA;
Highland Park, IL;
Pittsfield, MA;
Boston, MA;
Springfield, MA;
Portland, MA;
Alexandria, MN;
Smithfield, NC;
Cary, NC;
Hindsdale, NH;
Stratham, NH;
Nashua, NH;
Ridgefield, NJ;
Morris Plains, NJ;
Stateline, NV;
Yorktown Heights, NY;
Harrison, NY;
New York, NY;
Oneonta, NY;
Flushing, NY;
Long Island City, NY;
Bayville, NY;
New Rochelle, NY;
Brooklyn, NY;
Jamaica, NY;
Staten Island, NY;
Goshen, NY;
Tarrytown, NY;
Sunbury, PA;
Media, PA;
Chattanooga, TN;
San Antonio, TX;
Helotes, TX;
Newport News, VA;
Centreville, VA;
Hampton, VA; and
Rochester, VT.

So please remember, wherever you are in the world, I can provide you with patent or trademark legal services!

Virtual designs are generally eligible for design patent protection

I just read an interesting article here at the patentlyo blog regarding “virtual designs” and how they are generally eligible for design patent protection. Remember a design patent only protects the ornamental design of an object. However, most people think of design patents as applying to physical objects, such as athletic shoes, furniture, lamps, etc. However, the patentlyo article makes clear that design patents can also protect “virtual designs”. Virtual designs mean things such as graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to isolated icons and arrows grouped in USPTO classes D14/485 to 495. So keep that in mind when developing new icons, or software graphical work!