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PPA (Provisional Patent Application) Common Questions Answered – with Patent Attorney Jake Ward

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 28, 2020

Garçon Wines Featured in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2021.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 12, 2021

Ward Law Office congratulates client Garçon Wines for being featured in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2021!

SPECIAL MENTION: The standard glass wine bottle was created to meet the shipping needs of the 19th century. London-based Garçon Wines believes it’s invented one that meets the needs of today. The Flat Wine Bottle is exactly what it sounds like. Made entirely from lightweight recycled materials, it’s 87% lighter and 40% smaller than an average glass bottle, reducing emissions by saving on shipping space and weight. 

Associate Patent Attorney or Agent at Ward Law Office, Full-time Remote Position

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on October 8, 2021

Ward Law Office LLC (WLO) is a virtual “IP boutique” law firm with attorneys and staff located primarily in Ohio and Michigan. WLO has an immediate opening for an associate patent attorney or agent with 1-7 years experience. This is a full-time remote position with opportunities for training and advancement in a fast-paced and rewarding environment. The position has a billable hour requirement of 1500 hours per year.

WLO represents a wide variety of clients ranging from independent inventors to Fortune 500 companies, in many different industries and technologies. The firm was founded to provide high quality patent and trademark services while also being flexible to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our passion is helping and educating inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. If you share this passion, we are the right firm for you.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Kristi Ward, Business Manager, at For more information about the firm, applicants are encouraged to visit our website at

2021 Inventors Summit, Online Via Zoom. October 13th-16th!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 25, 2021

Ward Law Office is proud to once again sponsor the 2021 Inventors Summit, Online via Zoom. October 13th-16th!

Amazing speakers and great opportunities to network with other inventors, entrepreneurs, and experts. Sign-up today!

Upcoming IGA Inventors Meeting, with Special Guest – Former USPTO Director Andrei Iancu – “What value do patents offer to independent inventors today?” – Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1PM Pacific/4PM Eastern.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on June 12, 2021

Inventors, what questions do you have for past USPTO Director Andrei Iancu? We know you have at least a couple! 
If you are filing patent applications, we highly encourage you to attend our next meeting on Saturday June 19th at 1pm Pacific featuring Andrei as our speaker! Co-Founder Stephen Key and Founder Gene Quinn will be our moderators!
Personally, Stephen is looking forward to asking Andrei if there’s such a thing as a bad patent. We will also be asking him what the USPTO can do to strengthen the patent system! 
In celebration of this special event, you could win one of the following awesome prizes for attending: 
—    Help writing a better provisional patent application (PPA) via the program SmartIP.
—    Patentability search by a registered patent attorney at Ward Law Office LLC 
—    PPA review by patent agent Kevin Prince 
Everyone who attends will receive a link to download Stephen’s book “Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent” at no cost. 

Note: We have a max of 500 participants: Please show up early to ensure you are able to join in on the discussion. If our meeting maxes out, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Link to Join Zoom Meeting on June 19th:
Meeting ID: 842 0017 4300
Passcode: 907762

Terms: By joining this meeting, you agree to the following terms:

  • This meeting will be recorded. By signing up for any and all Inventors Online Meetings, you permit IGA to take screenshots and videos of meetings for internal and public purposes.
  • Please be respectful of everyone. You will be removed from the meeting if you are not professional throughout the meeting.
  • No soliciting, advertising your own service or product, spamming the chat box, or going off topic. Do not disclose anything including your product or product idea that isn’t already public information.
  • IGA does not give legal advice.
  • The amount of time each person can talk will be limited. When appropriate, a red card will be held up to state that your time is up. Please be respectful of your time given.
  • Please stay muted, and avoid talking over another participant.

Please turn on your video if you are able to. It is not required, but to create an interactive online inventing community, we would appreciate you leaving your video on.

U.S. Patent No. 11,000,000 Issued Today, May 11, 2021.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 11, 2021

USTR Statement on White House Support for Waiving IP Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 5, 2021

Ward Law Office Welcomes Amy Rinaldo, Patent & Trademark Attorney

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on May 2, 2021

Ward Law Office is very excited to announce that Ms. Amy Rinaldo has now joined the law firm of Ward Law Office LLC, effective May 1, 2021, as an Attorney at Law.

Ms. Rinaldo has extensive experience as a Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has assisted corporations, small businesses, and individuals not only in protecting their intellectual property rights, but also in planning and executing a worldwide protection strategy. This has enabled her clients to effectively leverage their intellectual property portfolios (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets) in acquiring additional funding or acquisition.

In addition, Amy also has extensive experience in the regulatory field. She has developed an expertise in FDA laws, as well as advertising laws. This combination allows Amy to assist clients in not only acquiring exclusive rights to their inventions, but also how must to leverage those assets in a regulated fields to avoid governmental interference.  She has also worked with university technology transfer offices, and previously taught classes in patent practitioner ethics.

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

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at (419) 408-5500 or Thank you.


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.

Happy World Intellectual Property Day 2021!

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 26, 2021