A Unique Bottle Design can be Protected

According to the Wine Market Council, fifty seven percent of all wine consumed on site is by women. Over half of the wine consumption in the U.S. is by women. According to an article by Marti Barletta posted at http://www.adage.com, “Marketing Wines To Women,” February 7, 2006, women shop for wine with the final experience in mind. Perhaps armed with that knowledge, Lushious LLC of Yorktown Heights, New York applied for a design patent on a wine bottle shaped somewhat like a women’s leg in a high heel shoe. And the U.S. Patent Office issued Patent No. D703,543 on April29, 2014 on the design, shown left: U.S. Patent No. D703,543 issued on April 29, 2014 to Lushious LLC. Continue reading

Determining the Value of a Patent or Patent Application

Most lawyers know that the value of a business is made up of the value of its assets. Tangible assets like stocks, bonds and real estate have relatively straightforward methods of valuation. By contrast, intangible assets such as patents are much harder to value. Continue reading

Internet Speed and Convenience, When It Comes To Trademarks, Is Not Always A Blessing

tmsearchThe internet provides fast access to many things, such as books, concert tickets and movie revues.  You can now even file trademark applications using the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) web site www.uspto.gov/main/trademarks.htm.  It’s easy and the site takes credit cards.  You can also search trademarks for free at the same site.  However, think before you click.

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