Keys to Strong Patents

The claims are the most important part of a patent! Typically, a utility patent has 7 parts: A title that generally describes the invention. An abstract that summarizes the invention. A background that describes the problem you are solving and what others have done. Drawings of the invention if it can be illustrated. A description […]

Which Patent is Right for You?

 The Different Types of Patents Available in the United States By Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, The IP Guy I got a call from a client today asking about his latest invention. He asked what types of patents are available, and which one he should pursue. The question is, “What type of patent is right […]

Trademark Scam Alert

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Recently I’ve been receiving calls from clients in a panic.  “I just got a call from an examiner at the USPTO.  He said our trademark is expiring and he needed a credit card for the renewal. Is this legit?” The short answer is NO! It’s a […]

Take These Steps to Conserve Your Patents, Trademarks and Cash

Don’t Give Up Your IP During this Crisis by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Don’t lose valuable IP rights due to the Coronavirus.  We’ve heard the rallying cry, “Defeat the invisible enemy”? No, the other one, “Conserve the cash.”  Businesses of all sizes are trying to conserve their cash during this crisis. […]

How to Get the Most from Your Content!

If you’re a content creator, take two minutes and read this article. If your business creates articles, blogs, brochures, catalogues, images, websites, software, manuals, marketing materials, music and more, you have copyrights.  Copyrights protect your works from being copied. They last for the life of the author plus 70 years, and for businesses, 95 years […]

Twitter Threatens Threads with Trade Secret Litigation

The Risk in Hiring a Competitor’s Employees On July 5, Elon Musk’s Twitter sent a Cease and Desist Letter to Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms demanding that Threads stop using Twitter’s trade secrets and other highly confidential information. (First reported by Semafor on July 6, 2023.) Twitter’s stated concern results from Thread’s hiring dozens of Twitter […]

ChatGPT Can be an Evil Genie

Lawyers sanctioned for using ChatGPT by Bill Honaker, The IP Guy ChatGPT is like the evil Genie; you’re granted your wish, then deeply regret asking. For example, you wish to live forever… but don’t include staying young. The recent case involving New York lawyers using ChatGPT to write their brief is one of those real […]