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3rd Annual Lansing Regional Seminar by Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO – Fri, September 21, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 16, 2018

The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invite startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs to our 3rd Annual Lansing Regional Seminar held in conjunction with the Lansing Area Economic Partnership (LEAP).

Representatives from the USPTO and local resources including LEAP and the Small Business Administration will be on hand to conduct a half-day workshop on branding, how to protecting your inventions, and learn about local resources that support your business. This free event will provide valuable information about various types of intellectual property protection, the patent process, and public and private resources available for you.

There is no fee to register, but space is limited. Lunch will be provided by LEAP.

For additional information or questions about the conference, please call 313-446-4800 or email the USPTO at MidwestRegion@USPTO.GOV.

To register for this important event, click here.

Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce on September 19, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 15, 2018

The Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College will host a program titled “PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs” on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00 pm. at the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce, 30 East Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public. Please register by email to Krier.K@RhodesState.edu or by calling the SBDC office at 419.995.8464.

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at Tiffin-Seneca Chamber of Commerce on September 13, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 12, 2018

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Tiffin-Seneca IP Seminar

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with SIEDC, will host a free seminar called “Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.” The special event will take place Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm in the Chamber Building at 19 W. Market Street, Suite B, Tiffin, Ohio 44883.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney from Ward Law Office of Tiffin, will present the course. He will explain the basics of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and how businesses and entrepreneurs can use these business tools to their advantage.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend. This seminar is free and open to the public. Please register by calling Ward Law Office at 419-408-5500 or by emailing info@wardpatent.com.

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They Invented What? (No. 64)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 12, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,569,026:  TV Movies that talk back.

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What is claimed is:

1. A video apparatus for simulating a voice conversation between a human viewer of the apparatus and a talking video character, the apparatus comprising:

first means for controlling reading of video frames from a record carrier means to provide a first video frame sequence associated with a plurality of alternative second video frame sequences, wherein the video frames include representations of the talking character;
second means for controlling reading of video frames from a record carrier means to provide access to at least one of said alternative second video frame sequences before the end of said first video frame sequence;
means for generating audio representations of voice sounds during said video frame sequences to provide one side of the simulated voice conversation;
means for communicating to said human viewer during said first video frame…

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at the Dorsch Memorial Branch Library in Monroe, MI on September 27, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 7, 2018

Intellectual Property Law

Join attorney Jacob Ward, an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law, as he presents an informative program on the basics of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Mr. Ward is also a registered patent attorney.

In this session you will gain insights on:

· Trademarks;

· Copyrights;

· Trade Secrets; and

· Patents/Inventions.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend. This seminar is free and open to the public.

Spaced is limited.  To register online for this special event, click here.

They Invented What? (No. 63)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on September 7, 2018

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U.S. Design Pat. No. D384,716:  Rattlesnake skin football. 

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What is claimed is:

The ornamental design for a rattlesnake skin football, as shown and described.

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They Invented What? (No. 62)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 30, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,629,793:  Emoticon keyboard.

JW Note:  :-) . . . I guess I’m old-fashioned.

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What is claimed is:

1. A keyboard system for interfacing with an information processing system, comprising:

a keyboard including keys representing emoticons;
a keyboard processor in the keyboard, wherein the keyboard processor produces an enhanced scan code when a key representing an emoticon is pressed in the keyboard:
a keyboard driver on a computer system for interfacing with the keyboard, wherein the keyboard driver receives the enhanced scan code and determines at least one character that corresponds to the enhanced scan code; and
an application on the computer system for interfacing with the keyboard driver, therein the application receives the at least one character determined by the keyboard driver and displays an image corresponding to the at least one character.

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Presenting on Intellectual Property Law at Tiffin-Seneca Chamber of Commerce on September 13, 2018.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 28, 2018

Tiffin-Seneca IP Seminar

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with SIEDC, will host a free seminar called “Patently Good Ideas: Intellectual Property Law for Business and Entrepreneurs.” The special event will take place Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm in the Chamber Building at 19 W. Market Street, Suite B, Tiffin, Ohio 44883.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney from Ward Law Office of Tiffin, will present the course. He will explain the basics of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and how businesses and entrepreneurs can use these business tools to their advantage.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and business leaders interested in learning more about this important topic are encouraged to attend. This seminar is free and open to the public. Please register by calling Ward Law Office at 419-408-5500 or by emailing info@wardpatent.com.