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            Chicago, Illinois

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Copyrights
Who Protects Copyrights
Copyright Registrations
Disclosure Documents
Domain Names
Hyperlinking
Idea Theft
Idea Theft Avoidance
Intellectual Property
IP Symbols
Inventors and Assignees
Names as Trademarks
Naming and Branding
Patents
Patent Applications
Meaningful Patent Protection
Patent Infringement
Patent Interferences
Patent Marking
Patent Reexaminations
Patent Term
Patent vs Trade Secret
Patents vs Trademarks
Patenting Business Strategies
Provisional Applications
Provisional vs Non-provisional
Public Domain vs Patents
Self-Publishing
Slogans
Trademarks
More on Trademarks
Trademark Infringement
Trademark Cancellations
Trademark Oppositions
Trademark Registrations
Trademark Registration Process
Work For Hire

About Pages

Copyrights
Who Protects Copyrights
Copyright Registrations
Disclosure Documents
Domain Names
Hyperlinking
Idea Theft
Idea Theft Avoidance
Intellectual Property
IP Symbols
Inventors and Assignees
Names as Trademarks
Naming and Branding
Patents
Patent Applications
Meaningful Patent Protection
Patent Infringement
Patent Interferences
Patent Marking
Patent Reexaminations
Patent Term
Patent vs Trade Secret
Patents vs Trademarks
Patenting Business Strategies
Provisional Applications
Provisional vs Non-provisional
Public Domain vs Patents
Self-Publishing
Slogans
Trademarks
More on Trademarks
Trademark Infringement
Trademark Cancellations
Trademark Oppositions
Trademark Registrations
Trademark Registration Process
Work For Hire

About Pages

Copyrights
Who Protects Copyrights
Copyright Registrations
Disclosure Documents
Domain Names
Hyperlinking
Idea Theft
Idea Theft Avoidance
Intellectual Property
IP Symbols
Inventors and Assignees
Names as Trademarks
Naming and Branding
Patents
Patent Applications
Meaningful Patent Protection
Patent Infringement
Patent Interferences
Patent Marking
Patent Reexaminations
Patent Term
Patent vs Trade Secret
Patents vs Trademarks
Patenting Business Strategies
Provisional Applications
Provisional vs Non-provisional
Public Domain vs Patents
Self-Publishing
Slogans
Trademarks
More on Trademarks
Trademark Infringement
Trademark Cancellations
Trademark Oppositions
Trademark Registrations
Trademark Registration Process
Work For Hire

 

 

 

 

Myths and Misunderstandings

Patent Myths: (to copyright myths, trademark myths)

A patent protects what is shown in the drawings - wrong -

  • The patent claims define the scope of protection, not the drawings.

  • The drawings only illustrate the examples.

  • A good application is filed with claims broader than the examples.

  • The claims issued might remain broader than the examples.

  • The claims issued might no longer include all examples.

  • more topics - patent applications, patent ready, patent infringement

A provisional patent is the normal or preferred first step on the road to obtaining a patent - wrong -

  • The normal and preferred first step is a nonprovisional application.

  • While there are legitimate uses for a provisional patent application, it increases overall costs and it has risks for anyone not experienced in patent matters.

  • Using the provisional patent application route to obtain a "patent pending" can destroy the potential for obtaining meaningful patent protection down the line.

  • more topics - about provisionals

Something shown and/or described in an expired patent can be re-patented - wrong -

  • What is shown and/or described in any patent, expired or not, is known.

  • Something known cannot be new.

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must be new.

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must also be nonobvious in comparison to what is known.

  • more topics - before you invest, patent searches

other topics - slogans, no idea protection in copyright, patent term, patent or trademark it, patent ready


Copyright Myths (to patent myths, trademark myths)

Your new slogan is copyrightable - wrong -

  • Short slogans are not considered to embody sufficient authorship for copyright protection.

  • If, however, the slogan is used as a trademark, protection might be available under the trademark laws.  See slogans, about trademarks.

Copyright is an inexpensive way to protect your invention - wrong -

  • Publish and the invention will become public domain property.

  • Copyright is not a "poor man's patent" no matter who claims it is.

  • Copyright does not protect the ideas or techniques or information.  more

Avoid infringement by changing five features - probably wrong -

  • The test will be similarity between yours and theirs.

  • If the key features remain in yours, which they often do, copyright infringement has not been avoided.

You purchased an original painting and now you own the copyrights - wrong -

  • The purchase of an original art object does not pass on the author's copyrights thereto.

  • Copyrights can, however, be transferred by contract.

other topics - About Copyrights, About Copyright Registrations, IP Symbols


Trademark Myths (to patent myths, copyright myths)

It is better to register a logo, or the words in a special font style, rather than just the plain words wrong -

  • Registration of the words in standard character form usually provides broader protection.

  • Protecting the words is normally more important than graphics.

  • Registering the words in standard character form permits changes to the font style without re-registration.

Infringement is avoided if a word is misspelled or used with different graphics probably wrong -

  • Spelling variations, including misspellings, are unlikely to side-step confusing similarity, particularly if the meaning and pronunciation has not changed.

  • Spelling variants are usually considered equivalents in trademark law.

  • If a mark is likely to be confused with another's in the marketplace, infringement probably (but not always) exists.

A telephone number or address following the trademark is acceptable - wrong -

  • If it is followed by a telephone number or address or email address, it is a trade name, not a trademark.

  • A trade name identifies a business, and a business has a telephone number, address, etc.

  • A trademark is a brand name, and has no telephone number, address, etc.

  • The same words can be used both as a trademark and as a trade name, but never as both as the same time.

  • Trade name use will not support a trademark registration.

other topics - naming and branding, oppositions, trademark searches, trademark registrations, domain names, slogans

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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
Tel.  312.419.8055   Fax 312.236.6686
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