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Ashland University – Dauch College of Business Presentation – August 8, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2017

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We had the pleasure of speaking at the Ashland University – Dauch College of Business and Economics this morning in Ashland, Ohio.  Lots of great questions from the attendees about intellectual property law.  Thanks again to Ashland University, and also the Braintree Business Incubator, for the invitation to speak. Look forward to visiting again in the future!

Presenting at Ashland University on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 8, 2017.

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

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PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Braintree Business Development Center is sponsoring a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks, and copyrights on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at Ashland University, Dauch College of Business and Economics, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar. The program is free and open to the public.

More details about the program and a registration form may be…

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Tolloty Technology Incubator Presentation – August 3, 2017.

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

We had the pleasure of speaking at the Tolloty Technology Incubator at Kent State University at Tuscarawas yesterday morning in New Philadelphia, Ohio.  A good group of entrepreneurs was in attendance, and asked some excellent questions about patents and trademarks!  Thanks again to the SBDC at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, and also the Braintree Business Incubator, for the invitation to speak. Look forward to visiting again in the future!

Presenting at Tolloty Technology Incubator on IP Law for Business and Entrepreneurs – August 3, 2017.

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

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PATENTLY GOOD IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State Tuscarawas will host a program on intellectual property protection, covering inventions, patents, trademarks and copyrights on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  The seminar will be held at the Tolloty Technology Incubator, 1776 Tech Park Drive NE, New Philadelphia OH 44663.

Every business has intellectual property (IP), in one form or another. Protecting IP is important, but it can also be expensive. With startups especially, every dollar matters. Therefore, deciding whether and how to spend funds on IP protection is a key question that should be answered in the early stages of every new business.

Jacob M. Ward, Registered Patent Attorney and founding member of Ward Law Office LLC, will present the seminar.

More details about the program and a registration form may be found here.

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They Invented What? (No. 19)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 27, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 5,356,330:  Apparatus for simulating a “high five.”

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Background:

During a televised sporting event, a “high five” is commonly shared between fans to express the joy and excitement of a touchdown, home run, game-winning basket, birdie or other positive occurrence. Unfortunately, as known in the art, a “high five” requires the mutual hand slapping of two participants, wherein a first participant slaps an upraised hand against the elevated hand of a second participant. As such, a solitary fan is unable to perform a “high five” to express excitement during a televised sporting event.

Claims:

1. An apparatus for simulating a “high five” comprising:

     a first, movable arm portion for simulating a forearm, said first arm portion having a simulated hand secured thereto;

     a second, immovable arm portion for simulating an upper arm;

     a mounting arrangement for mounting said second arm portion to a…

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Muskegon Inventors Network Presentation – July 26, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 27, 2017

We had the pleasure of speaking with the Muskegon Inventors Network (MIN) yesterday evening in Muskegon, Michigan.  A wonderful group of inventors were in attendance, and asked some great questions about patents and trademarks!  Thanks again to MIN for the invitation to speak, and look forward to visiting again in the future!

Ward Law Office at the USPTO – July 21, 2017.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 21, 2017

Ward Law Office had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on July 21, 2017.  After some successful Examiner Interviews, had some spare time before the return flight.  So we decided to visit the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Was a great (albeit scorching hot) day!

 

They Invented What? (No. 18)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 18, 2017

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,233,942:  Animal ear protectors. 

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I claim:

1.  A device for protecting animal ears comprising:

     a pair of generally tubular protectors each of which is formed of a sheet of self-biasing material which in their free state tend to form themselves into said generally tubular protectors;

     each of said protectors being longitudinally openable to allow easy insertion of one of said animal ears; and

     positioning means for flexibly joining one end of one protector in spaced apart relationship with one end of the other protector and for securing said device to the head of said animal such that the longitudinal axis of each protector and a portion of each ear of said animal, are held generally horizontally and approximately perpendicularly to the head of said animal whereby the ends of said animal ears are separated by a distance greater than the width of…

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