NFTs in Brand Marketing

By |2021-03-25T13:03:27-05:00March 25th, 2021|Tech Law|

NFTs have grown dramatically in popularity in the last few months. But what are they, how are they being used, and what are the pros and cons of using NFTs as part of a product or brand marketing effort? NFTs: What are they? NFT stands for “non-fungible token,” and each NFT is a token created and transferred on blockchain networks such as Ethereum. NFTs differ from other crypto assets because each NFT is expected to [...]

What’s the difference between a patent, trademark, and copyright?

By |2020-08-28T13:38:42-05:00August 28th, 2020|Intellectual Property, Nelson Rosario|

It can be hard for new and growing businesses to understand what intellectual property is and to know whether securing intellectual property assets makes business sense for them. This post highlights some of the key differences between three of the most well-known types of IP. The primary types of IP protection that businesses may be interested in are generally patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Each type of IP offers a certain type of protection, but the costs [...]

Patents: Why?

By |2020-08-10T17:44:06-05:00August 10th, 2020|Intellectual Property, Zach Smolinski|

Whenever someone tells me they want to file a patent application, I ask why. I have a couple reasons for this question. In part, I’m just curious. But more importantly, I want to know potential clients’ goals so I can counsel them on whether a patent application will help to achieve them. Sometimes a patent application will help a client to achieve their goals, and sometimes it won’t. Here, in no intentional order, is an [...]

Emerging Leaders

By |2020-07-17T11:11:22-05:00July 20th, 2020|Nelson Rosario|

Attorney Nelson Rosario has been selected to be a part of the Emerging Leader Class of 2021 for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "Emerging Leaders are chosen from corporate, non-profit and government sectors to create a class of about 20 participants. Ideal Emerging Leader candidates are highly accomplished in their careers and expected to rise to the top of their fields in the next five to ten years. Between the ages of 30 to [...]

Why That Company Won’t Buy Your Invention

By |2020-05-01T15:18:21-05:00May 5th, 2020|Intellectual Property, Zach Smolinski|

There’s a common idea out there that any one of us can invent an improvement to a product (or a new product altogether), patent the idea, bring it to a company, and walk away with a big check while the company makes megabucks selling the invention. This idea is so common that large parts of the patent world are built on fostering this idea. You may see “invention promotion companies” or other advisors who promise [...]

Do You Really Own What You’re Building?

By |2020-02-12T19:06:40-06:00February 12th, 2020|Intellectual Property, Zach Smolinski|

In the world of real property, important questions like ownership of the land you’re building on are usually settled via long-standing institutions such as recorder of deeds offices and title insurance companies. The reason for this is pretty clear: spending lots of time and money unwittingly building on something you don’t own is, in legal terminology, “real bad.” In the IP world, building on something owned by someone else can be pretty bad too. But [...]

Three Things To Do Before You File a Patent Application

By |2020-02-12T19:06:40-06:00February 3rd, 2020|Intellectual Property, Zach Smolinski|

So you came up with an invention, and now it’s time to file a patent application. It seems like a natural progression. But jumping right into a patent filing without taking some other initial steps can lead to some unexpected problems. Lets go over a few steps that should happen before you get going on a patent filing: Describe Your Invention It may seem that the development of an invention would necessarily involve describing it. [...]

Blockchain Patent Filing Trends

By |2020-02-12T19:07:02-06:00June 5th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Nelson Rosario|

Like them or not, patents are an indicator of interest in a technology. While concepts like “adoption” and “engagement” are often discussed as a means of gauging popularity, patent filings have a little more currency as an indicator of the perception of the technical merits of any new development. A reason for patents’ legitimacy as an indicator for interest is that they are expensive. A single patent filing will cost anywhere from the low thousands [...]

IP In Business – Part 5: Trade Secrets

By |2020-02-12T19:06:40-06:00April 16th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Zach Smolinski|

Your business may have knowledge that is extremely important to it, that you wouldn’t want competitors to know. This information might include information about the actual costs of making your products, supplier information, customer lists, lists of potential sales leads, and the like. Your product may contain a formulation or combination of qualities that makes it unique. All of these types of information might fall under trade secret protection. A trade secret, as defined by [...]

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