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Presenting “You Don’t Need a Patent If…” to the Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) in Grand Rapids, MI, on December 10, 2019.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019


December 10th Meeting

You Don’t Need a Patent If…  

Do you need a patent to be a successful inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner? Must you have a patent to protect your intellectual property? Patent Attorney Jacob M. Ward will introduce us to some scenarios of where an inventor just might not need a patent! Join us as Jake presents an informative program “You Don’t Need a Patent If…”.

This month’s guest speakers is Jake Ward. Mr. Ward is a founding partner of Ward Law Office LLC. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney, and also a registered Canadian Patent Agent, non-resident. Jacob is the founding author of the legal blog “Anticipate This!,” as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo, College of Law where he teaches courses in both Patent Law and Patent Practice.

Come prepared to learn and ask questions that will help you learn more about patents!

New Meeting location
This month we will be holding the meeting at GRCC
There is limited parking UNDER the Wisner-Bottrall ATC (enter from Ransom St.) available on a first-come basis at no charge. Handicapped parking is located here. Additionally, there is ramp parking available for $6.00 after 5:00 PM, which can be paid by cash, credit/debit at the ramp exit machines.
Free street parking after 6 pm
Map of GRCC

They Invented What? (No. 121)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on December 4, 2019

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 7,113,911: Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity.


What is claimed is:

1. A system for enabling verbal communication on behalf of a local entity with a nearby user, the system comprising:
         user equipment, intended to be carried by a user, comprising a wireless communication subsystem, and a contact-data input subsystem for receiving contact data;
          a contact-data providing arrangement located at the local entity for making available to a user near the local entity or to the user equipment carried by that user, contact data identifying a voice service associated with the entity but separately hosted;
          a communications infrastructure comprising at least a wireless network for communicating with the wireless communication subsystem of the user equipment;
          an audio output arrangement forming part of the user equipment, or located in the locality of the local entity and connected to the communication infrastructure;

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