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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

Importance of Using a Registered Patent Practitioner.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on April 13, 2021

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog


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…

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Patent Attorney Humor.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on March 27, 2021

They Invented What? (No. 146)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 9, 2021

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U.S. Pat. No. 6,681,419:  Forehead support apparatus.


What is claimed is:

1. A forehead support for resting a standing user’s forehead above a wall mounted urinal comprising: a mounting member adapted for substantially permanent attachment to an upright bathroom wall above the urinal; a forehead support member attached to and extending from said mounting member; said forehead support defining an elastically deformable or resilient forehead support surface which is spaced from the wall a distance sufficient for the user to lean his forehead thereagainst and be supported while using the commode or urinal.

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