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Ask the Expert – Keep Calm and Keep Inventing, hosted by SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, August 13, 2020 at Noon.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2020
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The SBDC invites you to join Jake Ward as he discusses Intellectual Property. This one hour, live “Ask the Intellectual Property Expert-Keep Calm and Keep Inventing” web chat was created for business owners and professionals who have a patent-able idea.

“Ask the Expert – Keep Calm and Keep Inventing”

Jake Ward live web-chat – August 13, 2020 at Noon.

In this webcast, Jake is going to discuss:

·    Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and inventors are really good at solving problems – and what is the pandemic but one big problem to be solved!

·    Every existing business has Intellectual Property (IP), including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, in one form or another.

·    IP has an inherent value as a form of property, which can be leveraged to ward off competition, or monetized by sale or license.

·    IP is also available as a tool to help entrepreneurs and inventors commercialize and be successful in new ventures.

·    Different types of IP, and the steps that business, entrepreneurs, and inventors can take to secure their IP.

Who should attend?

Business owners and professionals who have an invention or idea, or anyone interested in learning more on this topic.

When: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Time: Noon

Price: No Cost

Register via email at dmspence@kent.edu for your link and calendar invite.

Thank you,

Deanna Spencer
Program Assistant
Ohio Small Business Development Center at
Kent State University at Tuscarawas
Tolloty Technology Incubator
Email:  dmspence@kent.edu | Office: 330.308.7522 | www.sbdcksut.org

Meet the Expert

Jacob “Jake” M. Ward is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in the State of Michigan, and before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Ward is also a registered Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident, admitted to practice before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

Mr. Ward is the Founding Partner with the law firm of Ward Law Office LLC in Tiffin, Ohio. His practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, including the chemical, mechanical, and electrical arts. Mr. Ward also prepares legal opinions in relation to patentability, infringement, patent validity, and freedom to practice.

Mr. Ward received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Dayton and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Toledo, College of Law. At the University of Toledo, Mr. Ward was also awarded a certificate of concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Ward was also a Materials Chemist for several years at the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, Ohio, prior to starting his legal practice.

Mr. Ward is also the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!” which provides light and humorous commentary on the practice of patent law, trademark law, and science & technology.

Mr. Ward is an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law, where he teaches classes on substantive Patent Law and Patent Practice. He has also previously taught classes on Business and Legal Ethics at Tiffin University.

About the Series

“Ask the Expert” series is an informational video series brought to you LIVE by the Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The purpose for the initiative is to help small businesses with critical issues during and after COVID-19 and through the business restart process. The SBDC at Kent State Tusc works with small businesses of all stages of growth to provide assistance in business start-up, finance, accounting, human resources, marketing, sales, as well as other subject matter experts available at no cost for SBDC clients. For more information call 330-308-7479 or visit www.sbdcksut.org.

FAQ’s

How to Access the Webinar?

ONLINE FROM YOUR COMPUTER, VIA ACCESS LINK

How Do I Get A Live Access Link?

RESPOND TO dmspence@kent.edu WITH YOUR DESIRE TO ATTEND & WE WILL SEND YOU A LINK

How Long is the Session?

THIS IS A ONE HOUR-LONG SESSION

The Day Of – What Do I Need to Do?

CLICK THE LINK ON THE DAY OF THE SESSION FOR ACCESS.

EMAIL TO DEANNA ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 12

Is There A Fee?

NO – THIS IS A COURTESY OF YOUR LOCAL SBDC

Deadline to Request A Link?

THE DEADLINE FOR OBTAINING YOUR LINK TO THE WEBINAR IS AUGUST 12.

We look forward to serving you with this important information!

Ward Law Office Welcomes Dr. William “Bill” Ziehler to the Firm.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 6, 2020

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Ward Law Office is very excited to announce that Dr. William “Bill” Ziehler has now joined the law firm of Ward Law Office LLC, effective August 1, 2020, as an Attorney at Law.

Dr. Ziehler has extensive experience as a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His practice focuses on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and provision of legal opinions on freedom-to-practice, infringement, and patentability. He also has substantial appellate experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the USPTO.

In addition, Dr. Ziehler has extensive technical experience including post-graduate work focused on biochemical, biophysical, and genetic studies of nucleic acid and protein interactions, and corporate research and development where he contributed to the development of a novel means of whole genome amplification. He is further knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including biochemistry, organic chemistry, polymers, materials science, coatings and films, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, medical devices, electrochemistry and battery technology, fuel cells, cooling systems, and photovoltaic devices. He has also worked with several university technology transfer offices, and previously taught undergraduate classes in biochemistry.

In his new role at Ward Law Office, Dr. Ziehler will be involved in both management of the firm’s patent legal services, as well as the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for clients. He is a wonderful addition to the law firm, and we expect you will benefit significantly from his expertise.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the status of any of your matters, do not hesitate to contact us at (419) 408-5500 or info@wardpatent.com. Thank you.

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About Ward Law Office

Ward Law Office LLC is a boutique law firm specializing in the practice of patent and trademark law. We are committed to providing inventors, entrepreneurs, and businesses with personal and professional services. We are flexible to meet your unique needs.

Our clients range from independent inventors and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The law firm has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a wide variety of technical disciplines, including mechanical, chemical, and electrical. We are also experienced in the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications.

Furthermore, Ward Law Office fosters close relationships with intellectual property law firms in many foreign countries. Through these relationships, we are able to provide clients with IP services both in the United States and worldwide.

Ward Law Office LLC was founded to provide an unparalleled level of service in intellectual property protection. It is our goal to both educate our clients on how to secure valuable patent and trademark protection, and to provide high quality services at rates affordable to independent inventors and businesses.

 

 

IGA Webinar Series – “Patently Good Ideas: You Don’t Need A Patent If …” Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 27, 2020
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When do you need a patent? Join us on July 1st for our next Educational Webinar with Registered Patent Attorney & Founder of Ward Law Office LLC, Jake Ward! At 4pm Pacific, learn about when you actually don’t need a patent!

Jacob “Jake” M. Ward is a Registered Patent Attorney and Founder of Ward Law Office LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in the practice of patent and trademark law. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law, where he instructs on patent law and patent practice. Mr. Ward’s legal practice consists of preparation and prosecution of patent applications in various technical arts, as well as preparation and prosecution of trademark applications, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He is also the founding author of the Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog, which provides light commentary on the practice of patent law, trademark law, and science & technology.

Towards the end of each webinar we hold a live Q & A for our guest speakers, but we don’t have enough time for every question. Send your question early to support@inventleaders.org with the subject, “VIP Question to Jake” to be considered!

Sign up here! https://inventleader.org/webinars/

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Importance of Using a Registered Patent Practitioner.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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Most anyone who has been involved in the filing of a patent application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will tell you this – the patenting process is complicated.  It is full of strange rules.  To make matters worse, these rules seem to be in a constant state of flux.  As a result, the patenting process presents many potential pitfalls for inventors, and especially for those who decide to prepare and file themselves as “pro se” or without the advice of counsel.

Many patent practitioners can recall stories where pro se applicants have ultimately turned to them to fix their patent applications, or to otherwise complete prosecution from the inventors at the USPTO.  Some of these stories are quite famous, including the story of the Wright brothers’ patent attorney, Harry Toulmin, to whom the brothers turned after the patent application they had drafted themselves was rejected by the USPTO.  Unfortunately, depending on the state of the patent application filed, or the point in the process at which the patent practitioner is approached, the practitioner’s ability to help the inventor may be very limited.

For at least these reasons, the importance of using a registered patent attorney or agent for preparation and filing of a patent application cannot be over-emphasized.   Registered patent attorneys or agents are individuals who have been licensed and are regulated by USPTO.  Both patent attorneys and agents must pass a rigorous examination administered by the USPTO, and registered patent attorneys are also members of a state bar.  A list of registered patent practitioners is maintained at the USPTO website here, and may be searched to locate a registered practitioner near you.

Inventors should also beware using so-called “invention promoters.”  An invention promoter is defined by 35 USC 297 as being any “person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity who offers to perform or performs invention promotion services for, or on behalf of, a customer, and who holds itself out through advertising in any mass media as providing such services.” Invention promotion services are defined as being “the procurement or attempted procurement for a customer of a firm, corporation, or other entity to develop and market products or services that include the invention of the customer.”

The USPTO publishes complaints made against invention promoters, which may be found at the following website:

http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/scam_prevention/complaints/index.jsp

For more information from the USPTO about invention promoters and scam prevention, we encourage you to visit the USPTO Scam Prevention Website here and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information on Invention Promotion Firms website here.  The USPTO also publishes a great pamphlet with information on how to avoid scams by invention promoters here.  Note especially the list of questions that invention promoters are required to answer by law (i.e., the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999).   Complaints against invention promoters may also be filed with both the USPTO and the FTC using the forms found here and here, respectively.

In sum, if you are inventor interested in obtaining a patent, we recommend that you search for and speak with an experienced registered practitioner before moving forward into the patenting process.  Likewise, if you have been the victim of a scam, it may also be in your best interest to speak with a registered practitioner sooner rather than later.

Should you wish to speak with the registered patent attorneys at Ward Law Office LLC, we invite you to contact us by telephone at 419-408-5500, or by email to info@wardpatent.com.

They Invented What? (No. 140)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,421,089:  Fork with timer.

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What is claimed is:

1. A fork with timer for providing a cue to a user after an elapsed period of time for indicating that another bite of food using the fork may be taken comprising, in combination:
         a rigid dinner fork having a head, four spaced and aligned tines extended from the head, and a handle extended from the head remote from the tines for allowing a user a firm grip for taking a bite of food;
         timer circuitry connected to the handle of the dinner fork and adapted for providing a cue after an elapsed period of time for indicating to user that another bite of food using the dinner fork may be taken, the timer circuitry further comprising:
          a countdown timer adapted for counting down a pre-programmed period of time, transmitting countdown signals in sequence during…

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They Invented What? (No. 139)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

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U.S. Pat. No. 7,137,935: Office gym exercise kit.

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What is claimed is:

1. An exercise kit for attachment to a chair having a central post, a base, and a chair back support, said exercise kit comprising:
         (a) a generally T-shaped flexible body constructed of flexible fabric, the top of the T-shaped flexible body comprising a generally rectangular portion having a plurality of retainers secured thereon, an elongated strap secured to said generally rectangular portion and extending outwardly from and substantially perpendicular to one of the sides of the generally rectangular portion, said elongated strap terminating in a free end, said generally rectangular portion further including fastening means located adjacent the sides of the rectangular body perpendicular to said one side for affixing said rectangular portion of said flexible body about a central post of a chair, means for affixing said elongated strap about a chair base, and…

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They Invented What? (No. 138)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 4,834,212:  Sound muffler for covering the mouth.

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We claim:

1. A human sound muffler and indicator comprising a unitary body adapted to be grasped and manipulated by a user, at least one end of said body comprising a saddle shaped body of compliant sound absorbing foam material adapted to fit over the mouth of a user and engage the face around the mouth to form an effective sound seal to receive sound directly from the mouth and absorb substantially most of the sound in the foam material, a microphone for receiving unabsorbed sound disposed adjacent the bottom of said foam saddle and providing an output signal responsive to the unabsorbed sound, and means in said body for receiving said output signal and providing an indication on said body of the intensity of the unabsorbed sound.

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They Invented What? (No. 137)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 7, 2020

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 6,743,460:  Tomato raisin. 

What is claimed is:
1. A method of producing a tomato raisin, comprising:
     (a) removing the skin from a grape tomato to produce a skinless grape tomato; and

     (b) drying said skinless grape tomato to produce a tomato raisin.

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