My client Shalom Mizrahi of Fairfield, CT has received a patent on his invention for a Flex duct adapter with quick connect flange for duct tester. This invention will make energy audits on air conditioning systems much more efficient! The patent can be seen here.
My clients John D. Upperman of Zion Grove,k PA and Ralph Greenberg of Santa Rosa, CA have received a patent on their invention for a System and Method for Liquid Energy Storage. The patent can be seen here.
I would like to congratulate my client Tim Vale of Guilford, CT for receiving a patent on his Golf Game System. The patent can be seen here.
The invention is a golf game system comprising: a golf simulator, the golf simulator comprising a plurality of virtual tee boxes adjacent to or on a virtual fairway; an outdoor shortened golf hole programmed into the golf simulator located on or near the outdoor shortened golf hole, the outdoor golf hole comprising: fairway landing area; rough landing areas; an approach area adjacent to the fairway landing area; a green adjacent to the approach area; a cup in the green; a plurality of mats located on the landing areas; where the golf simulator is configured to allow a player simulate a drive of a golf ball out of a simulated tee box onto the landing area, and the golf simulator calculates where on the landing area the ball should be placed after the drive, and the golf simulator informs the player where to place the ball on the landing area. In addition it is a golf game system that assigns a precisely matched tee locations based on golfer swing data and is not limited to a select number of predetermined tee boxes. It is also a golf system that allows a player to play the golf course with modified golf ball speed, golf ball side spin and golf swing path to better match a golfer’s skill level to the golf course being played on and/or a golfer’s playing partners.
I would like to congratulation my client Alison Albanese of Yorktown Heights, NY for obtaining her International Design Registration through the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Her design was for a “Modular office organizer” and can be found here.
I would like to congratulate my client Matthew Denning of Bridgewater, Connecticut for receiving a patent on his novel invention for a Charcoal grill apparatus and method. The patent can be seen here.
I am happy to announce that on June 9, 2020 I will be teaching a continuing legal education class on “How to file a Federal Trademark Application at the USPTO”. The class will be for members of the Milford Bar Association, and will help attorneys understand issues to consider prior to and when filing a trademark application, and the mechanics of filing a trademark application. To join the Milford Bar Association go here.
On April 28, 2020 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) further extended the time to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees, which otherwise would have been due between March 27 and May 31. The new deadline is June 1, 2020. This is in addition to the prior extension the USPTO had announced on March 31, 2020. Such an extension will be allowed if they are accompanied by a statement that the filing delay was due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information can be found at the USPTO website here.
I have been involved in a discussion with my fellow National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) members about Continuing Legal Education (CLE). This made me realize that I should inform you, my readers, that I attend yearly CLE’s on patents, trademarks and copyrights to stay on top of the latest legal issues in intellectual property. Further, I teach CLE’s related to intellectual property to attorneys through the Milford Bar Association. Please be assured that I am well versed in intellectual property, and I stay abreast on the latest legal developments in intellectual property!
The Federal Government through the Small Business Administration has several relief options for businesses, and the self employed.
The first is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities, however, 75% of the money must be used for payrool in order to get forgiveness of the loan. The following entities affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be eligible to apply for the PPP:
- Any small business concern that meets SBA’s size standards (either the industry based sized standard or the alternative size standard);
- Any business, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or Tribal business concern (sec. 31(b)(2)(C) of the Small Business Act) with the greater of:
- 500 employees, or
- that meets the SBA industry size standard if more than 500;
- Any business with a NAICS Code that begins with 72 (Accommodations and Food Services) that has more than one physical location and employs less than 500 per location; and
- Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons.
More information on the PPP can be found here.
The second is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDLEA). small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. More information on the EIDLEA can be found here.
Has it seemed that you have received fewer scam robocalls lately? If so, that may be because the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York entered orders in two separate civil actions, barring eight individuals and entities from continuing to facilitate the transmission of massive volumes of fraudulent robocalls to consumers in the United States, the Department of Justice announced today. The first injunction was against Nicholas and Natasha Palumbo of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Arizona companies they own and operate, Ecommerce National LLC d/b/a TollFreeDeals.com and SIP Retail d/b/a sipretail.com. The second injunction was against Jon Kahen, a/k/a Jon Kaen of New York, and New York corporations Global Voicecom Inc. and Global Telecommunication Services Inc.
This is wonderful news, and I hope the Justice Department gets jail time against these perpetrators, and huge fines! The press release can be seen here.