Baltimore Patent Law

How to Mark and Provide Notice of “Patent Pending” or “Patented” Articles/Products

Article by:  Larry J. Guffey, Esq. and Pamela K. Riewerts, Esq. A patent applicant who seeks the benefit of marking an article as “Patent Pending” must make a good faith effort to ensure that the articles are properly and consistently marked.  An effective...

Coca-Cola discovers small design changes can mean lack of protection of product designs: protecting product shapes and appearances

How Famous is the Coca-Cola bottle design?  Not quite enough to protect small differences  Design patents are an increasingly useful tool in product configuration protection, but as Coca-Cola recently learned, even a famous product design has its limits....

Patent filing fee reduction strategies – micro entity status

The United States Patent Office (USPTO) implemented a “Micro Entity” applicant status pursuant to the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA).  This rule allows qualifying applicants to receive a 75% fee reduction of certain fees—including fees for filing, searching,...

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