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Top 17 San Diego Coworking Spaces

By Athena Baker | January 14, 2019

It’s 2019 and here in California’s own city of innovation, startups are “boldly going where no one has ever gone before” to find the perfect place to develop the tools (and services) needed to jumpstart America’s future. From the funky and fresh We Work San Diego to the calm and collective Union Cowork San Diego, …

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20 Essential Resources For Entrepreneurs and Inventors in San Diego

By Todd VanDuzer | January 14, 2019

From obtaining a San Diego business license to figuring out where the nearest San Diego startup incubator is, or filing a patent in San Diego, there’s no doubt that starting a business in San Diego can be quite a challenge. That’s why we created this comprehensive guide so that all small businesses in San Diego …

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Top 3 Advantages of Trademarks

By JD Houvener | January 8, 2019

When it comes to how customers interact with your brand, trademarks are one of the most important to get right. Short, sweet, and to the point, a strong trademark goes a long way to adding value to your brand, as well as letting your customers know what your business is all about. There are many …

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How to File a Design Patent Application in 10 Steps

By JD Houvener | December 19, 2018

Are you looking to patent a new idea? Are you wondering how to protect the way it looks and prevent copycats? Well, a design patent may just be what you’re looking for. There is a specific process that should be taken to file a design patent application properly. I’ve laid out the details here in …

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Top 3 advantages of patents

Top 3 Advantages of Patents

By JD Houvener | December 10, 2018

We hear it pretty often whether it’s from start-up companies, in the academic setting, from real investors, pitch-competitions, entrepreneurs, and even TV shows like Shark Tank™: “Great product, but do you have a patent on it?” There is an amazing amount of interest to “get a patent” on an invention, but aside from the strong …

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Utility Patent vs. Design Patent (everything you need to know…)

By JD Houvener | December 3, 2018

Many companies and inventors seeking patent protection often wonder what type of patent to file for. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that there are only two main types of patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office: design patents and utility patents. There is a third type, called plant patents, that will not be discussed in this …

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Patent?

By JD Houvener | November 27, 2018

Yes, as many legal answers begin, “it depends”… …But, our clients and I almost always agree it takes WAY TOO LONG! Don’t despair, there are a lot of things that you, the inventor, and us as your Patent Attorney can do to speed this process up and make things as efficient as possible while the …

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What is a Patent?

By JD Houvener | November 20, 2018

What is a Patent?  A question we get asked frequently by those looking protect and bring to market their visionary idea. A patent is the core legal protection for inventors and their inventions. The purpose of a patent is to provide protection to an inventor with the necessary time and space to make, use and …

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10 Tips for Inventors: Meeting with a Patent Attorney

By JD Houvener | November 13, 2018

Alright, so you’ve come up with a list of questions to ask a Patent Attorney. Good for you! You might be thinking: “Great, I just need to explain my invention in great detail, and they will take it from there! Right?” Wrong! There are many aspects that go into finding the right representation from a …

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How to do a Patent Search in 6 Steps (The Definite Guide)

By JD Houvener | November 6, 2018

Doing a patent search is often times the most difficult part of the patent process. It’s most difficult because it’s often a very daunting task. It’s not very glamorous, it’s not as exciting as the process of how to get a patent for an idea, and it requires digging through hundreds if not thousands of …

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