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What is a Design Patent and How Do I Protect It? (part 1 of 2)

Blog Post Picture - Snip It - Capture.PNGA design patent protects the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. The design must be new, original and nonobvious. Design patents cover one or both of surface ornamentation on an article and the shape or form of the article. Design patent protection can be used for a wide range of subject matter such as a computer mouse, handle on a fork, tire tread design, floral pattern on a fabric, detergent tablets, portion of a shoe, and computer-generated icon.

HBW is Proud to Announce that Sikander Khan Joins the Firm's Associate Ranks

Sikander Khan - small picture - Capture.PNGIt is with great pride that we announce that Sikander Khan was formally sworn in as an attorney on May 16, 2017 by the Honorable Judge Marcus Max Gunkel.

The "WA" (和) of Patentable Subject Matter in Japan

While Alice v. CLS Bankcorp has touched off a firestorm of confusion in the patent community about what constitutes patent eligible software in the United States, our colleagues in Japan seem to be enjoying relative harmony () with their patent system.

Who was John Montegu and what can he teach us about who can be named as an Inventor on our patent application?

As company patent counsel, we are frequently called upon to determine who is properly named as an inventor on a patent application according to the US patent laws when we prepare a patent application. It may surprise you when we as patent counsel add or sometimes even delete persons to the named inventors on a disclosure when we prepare a patent application. This can occur when we uncover facts during the disclosure meeting that we conduct prior to preparing the patent application.

Collegiality is Key: HBW Welcomes Experienced Paralegal Laura Kirton

We are proud to announce that Laura Kirton has joined our firm as a Paralegal in the Half Moon Bay office. Laura has worked as a patent prosecution paralegal for more than ten years. She comes to HBW with both big- and mid-sized law firm experience, and notes she was drawn to HBW for our more personalized, small-firm culture.

Client News: Clean Tech Company Climeon Endorsed by Sir Richard Branson

HBW clean tech client Climeon was recently featured in a YouTube video that discusses how Climeon and Sir Richard Branson aim to change the way electricity is produced on cruise ships.

When is an Invention Ready for Patenting?

Can I just file patent applications based on my ideas... like Company X's water-cooled power generators that sit in the ocean? You know, the ideas that our company will likely never build. But can I still get patented anyway?

HBW Supports Challenge Day 2017

Challenge Day is a program with a mission that is focused on providing youth and their communities with engaging experiential programs that provoke deep introspection among students, understanding and empathy for the challenges of their classmates, and discovery by the students that they are not alone with their own challenges. The goal of Challenge Day is to cultivate an environment that breaks through teenage emotional barriers, and changes students for the better.