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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) – IP Presentation – May 9, 2017

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 13, 2017

Had the pleasure of presenting on IP topics for a young group of entrepreneurs in Richland County this past week, at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

YEA! is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, decide if they want to work by themselves or as a team, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. All of the learning is real and experiential. Students leave the class as business owners, complete with a DBA and bank account!

To find out more about this great program, see

Recording of CAFC Oral Arguments for Richard A. Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC (2017-03-06)

Posted in General Commentary, Litigation Commentary, Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on May 10, 2017

Via the 717 Madison Place blog, with full recording of the oral arguments found here.  Interesting comments from Judge Moore at 5:00-5:30, and 15:10-15:20 of the recording.

Can it be reasonably argued that the “general purpose computer” under 101 jurisprudence is a myth?  Doesn’t every computer become a specialized machine upon being programmed differently?


“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” – The Slants

Posted in General Commentary, Litigation Commentary by Jake Ward on May 3, 2017

Attorney AJ Wenn of Ward Law Office had the distinct pleasure of meeting The Slants yesterday evening, at an event hosted by the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA).

The Slants are an Asian American band involved in the recent Supreme court case of Lee v. Tam. In this case, Simon Tam sought to register a trademark on his band name “The Slants.” The USPTO refused after finding that the mark is disparaging toward individuals of Asian ancestry. The case may determine the constitutionality of Section 52(a) of the Lanham Act, which prevents the federal registration of “disparaging” trademarks.

Congratulations to CIPLA for hosting an exciting and informational event!

They Invented What? (No. 13)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 26, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No.6,637,447:  Beerbrella.


We claim:

1. A combined beverage container and shading apparatus, comprising: a beverage container, for containing a beverage; a means for removably attaching the apparatus to the beverage container; a shaft, coupled to the means for removably attaching the apparatus, and extending vertically with respect to the beverage container; an umbrella, coupled to the shaft at a point above the means for removably attaching, so as to shade the beverage container, wherein the means for removably attaching comprises a clip provided to attach to the beverage container by means of spring action and friction.

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a small umbrella approximately five to seven inches in diameter.

3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a small paper-like umbrella with balsa framing.

4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the umbrella comprises a solid…

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They Invented What? (No. 12)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 7, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,360,693:  Animal toy.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Brad Bower at Duke University for tipping me off to this one. 



An apparatus for use as a toy by an animal, for example a dog, to either fetch carry or chew includes a main section with at least one protrusion extending therefrom that resembles a branch in appearance. The toy is formed of any of a number of materials including rubber, plastic, or wood including wood composites and is solid. It is either rigid or flexible. A flavoring (scent) is added, if desired. The toy is adapted to float by including a material therein that is lighter than water or it is adapted to glow in the dark, as desired, by the addition of a fluorescent material that is either included in the material from which the toy is made or the flourescent material…

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Ward Law Office helps inventors obtain patents, trademarks

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 4, 2017

Seneca Success

20170316_143837Meet registered patent attorney Jake Ward and his staff at Ward Law Office LLC. Jake works alongside his wife and Business Manager, Kristi; Office Manager, Jenn; and Associate Attorney, AJ, in their office on the second floor of the Laird Arcade building, in downtown Tiffin. The patent and trademark law firm opened their doors this January, although Jake has been practicing patent law for over 12 years.

Quite simply, “We help inventors.  That’s our job,” Jake explains. They have opened over fifty new cases, with more than ten new clients, since January. The firm represents independent inventors and businesses locally, and across the United States.  Local companies include Cooper Tire, Ballreich’s, Ralph’s Joy of Living, and Creative Plastic Concepts. The firm also helps many foreign companies, in countries such as the UK, Brazil, China, Israel, and Canada.

Usually, patent attorneys congregate in large cities, and you pay a premium. …

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Presentation to Akron Inventor’s Club – March 9, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 9, 2017

The Akron Inventor’s Club is hosting a seminar on “Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs” on Thursday, March 9, 2017.


Registered Intellectual Property Attorney Jacob “Jake” Ward will talk about “New Patent Rules for 2017”. Included in talk he’ll explain the different types of intellectual Property, what they cover and how to obtain protection. Jake is a founding partner of Ward Law Office LLC in Tiffin, Ohio. He is also a registered Canadian Patent Agent as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law. Jake is also the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!”


[ 5:30 – 6:00 pm ]  Doors Open.
[ 6:00 – 6:15 pm ]  Introduction by Craig Miloscia from Akron Inventors Club.
[ 6:15 – 7:00 pm ]  Jacob “Jake” Ward talk on “New Patent Rules for 2017!”
[ 7:00 – 7:30 pm ]  Inventors Forum.

For more information, or to RSVP for the seminar, go to:

New Attorney Announcement – AJ Wenn

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 1, 2017

Ward Law Office is pleased to announce that Anthony “AJ” Wenn has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney, effective March 1, 2017. Mr. Wenn is a Registered Patent Attorney and admitted to the bar in Illinois. AJ holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a Minor in Chemistry, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was the Intellectual Property Law Society President, AIPLA Representative, and participated in Intellectual Property Moot Court. He has also previously worked as a Staff Attorney in Columbus, Ohio, performing quality control for large electronic discovery cases. We are pleased to welcome AJ to the growing intellectual property practice at Ward Law Office.