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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 1 year, 7 months ago

I have an idea for a household product. What would be the first step to see if a patent already exi...

Intellectual Property Patent in Pennsylvania


One does not get a patent for merely an "idea," rather one patents an "invention." That means that if you want to use a patent as a sword to protect your market or extract a license fee from a company ...

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 4 months ago

How to determine if Ebbert v. Ebbert 459 A.2d 282 federal or state case?

Litigation Law in Pennsylvania


You're welcome.-

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 4 months ago

How to determine if Ebbert v. Ebbert 459 A.2d 282 federal or state case?

Litigation Law in Pennsylvania


Rachel: Actually there's an easy way for anyone to get a free copy of the decision online, without subscribing to a legal research service. Y'see, without fanfare, Google has stealthily augmented the service it calls Google Scholar to include many ...

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 4 months ago

How to determine if Ebbert v. Ebbert 459 A.2d 282 federal or state case?

Litigation Law in Pennsylvania


The A.2d is West Publishing Company's Atlantic Reporter, second series. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Reporter for further info.

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 4 months ago

How to circumvent US copyright law by publishing in another country?

Copyright Intellectual Property International Business Law in Pennsylvania


The World Intellectual Property Organization provides info on international copyright: http://www.wipo.int/copyright/en/

Your question also would relate to the issues being litigated by the Authors Guild against Google Books. That's been a tough nut to crack. See for example http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/2702-Google-s-Orphaned-Books-Litigation-Effect-on-Digital-Sales ...

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 8 months ago

Steps before adopting company or product name?

Trademark in


My colleagues haven't responded to the difference between a company name and a name for your product (which presumably would be a trademark, either alone or with a graphical element). The principles for selecting each are similar, in that each ...

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 8 months ago

Does company own rights to materials submitted by site users?

Business Internet Consumer Internet Copyright Internet Law in Pennsylvania


However, if by owning the rights, you imply that you'd automatically have the right to prevent one of your users from reposting the same text elsewhere, I doubt it. But if there's an enforceable agreement with the users to have ...

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Picture of Gerry Elman Gerry answered a public question. 2 years, 8 months ago

What are implications of forgetting copied original submittal with hand lettering for patent substitute application?

Patent in Pennsylvania


For a searchable listing of registered patent attorneys, visit https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/query.jsp

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Midwife to new technologies, counselor to innovators, online pioneer, biotech lawyer

Practicing Law for 46 years

Gerry represents clients for a variety of intellectual property and business matters. These frequently include the preparation and prosecution of patents, the evaluation of adversely held patents, the registration of trademarks and proprietary names, the licensing of intellectual property rights, the resolution of disputes through mediation, arbitration, and if necessary, litigation, the conduct of intellectual property audits, and related technology law and trade regulation issues. Gerry is also available to serve as a neutral in mediation and arbitration proceedings involving intellectual property or technology law issues.


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