Client obtains patent on invention that allows shooters to use a rifle in a prone position!

I would like to congratulate my client Jeffrey Blake of Milford, CT for obtaining a patent on his invention for a Rotating Buffer Apparatus.  The invention cures the problem of shooting different styles of rifles, including AR-15s, from a prone or lying down position.   The patent can be seen here.

I will be teaching a course on “Commercializing your Invention, October 1, 2020

I am teaching a course on “Commercializing your Invention” through Milford Adult Education.  You have an invention, now what?  Topics to be covered include: Can I make money with this invention, When to monetize, Investors, Do I need a prototype, How to license my invention and more.  The course will be offered on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  This course will be held online!  For more information and to register go here.

Golf Game System patented!

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.

Law Offices of Michael A. Blake, LLC is open for business

Hi all.  As many of you know, the Law Offices of Michael A. Blake, LLC is a small law practice with one patent and trademark attorney (me), and one part time secretary, Kathy.  Because we are a small practice, it is safe for me to come to work and provide intellectual property services to my current clients, and new clients, even during this period of COVID 19.  Feel free to call or email me to discuss your patent, trademark, or copyright legal issues.

phone: 203-876-5081
email: mblake@blake-ip.com

CLASS SUSPENDED Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights for individual and small businesses in March!

UPDATE FROM MILFORD BOARD OF EDUCATION:

Effective immediately: All Adult Education classes have been suspended.

When the immediate threat of COVID-19 is over, we will be extending all of the classesto ensure everyone receives the amount of classes he/she has paid for. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused, but our main concern is to ensure the health and well-being of all of our students.

 

 

Fifth Circuit says no Statutory Damages unless Copyright first registered

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that statutory damages are not available unless the copyright was registered prior to the infringement.  The court in Southern Credentialing Support v. Hammond Surgical Hospital LLC et al, case number 18-31160, January 9, 2020, held that even if a different type of infringement occurred after registration, that if the infringement started prior to registration, no statutory damages were available.  The case can be read here.

The moral to this story is that if you want statutory damages, which can be up to $150,000 per infringement, you must register your copyright early, and at a minimum before the infringement begins.