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Is the NASA Technology Transfer Program Right for You?

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Through its Technology Transfer Program, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has made its technology available “to promote the commercialization and public availability of Federally-owned inventions to benefit the national economy and the U.S. Public.”  See http://technology.nasa.gov/startup The NASA patent portfolio is available online at  http://technology.nasa.gov/patents Categories of inventions include: -Aeronautics -Communications -Electrical/Electronics -Environment -Health, Medicine, […]

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When Did Donald Trump Decide That He Wanted To MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

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Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump was issued a U.S. Trademark Registration for the slogan “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” on July 14, 2015, Reg. No. 4,773,272 in connection with “Political action committee services, namely, promoting public awareness of political issues” in International Class 035 and “Fundraising in the field of politics” in International Class 036. We […]

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The Baseball Glove that Took the Sting Out

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Even though baseball gloves were being produced in the 19th Century, what many regard as the forerunner to the modern glove was patented in 1922 by William (“Bill”)  L. Doak (U.S. Patent No. 1,426,824).  Mr. Doak’s glove incorporated “a plurality of strands” between the thumb and index finger to form a pocket to catch and […]

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BUILD-A-BEAR BUILDING UP AN IMPRESSIVE PATENT PORTFOLIO

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Smart companies protect their concepts and designs with robust portfolios that include design and utility patents.  Most companies protect the ornamental appearances of functional items via Design Patents and functional qualities via Utility Patents. Sometimes, however, a good collection of design patents can be a powerful mechanism to protect concepts and designs that surround a […]

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MACHETE DOESN’T KILL TEXAS

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On December 28, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that under the First Amendment, the State of Texas may deny tax breaks to film makers if the State of Texas deems that a film is insulting to the state. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (the “Incentive Program”) is a grant program […]