Who’s an Inventor for a Patent?

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

When filing a patent application, the applicant must state correctly who are the inventors of the invention(s). If the patent issues with the wrong inventor listed, the patent may end up being invalid or unenforceable. Be sure to not omit one of the inventors or to add someone to the patent appli...

Goals for Discovery in Litigation

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 09, 2011 | 0 Comments

Formulating a discovery plan is necessary for effectively conducting litigation. The discovery process (essentially, gathering evidence) is usually the most critical and costly part of litigation. Failure to make a good plan can easily set a case up for excess costs, wastes of time, and eviden...

A Star In The Night

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Feb 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

When I think of February, I think of Valentine's Day, Ground Hog Day, and Presidents' Day. I also remember that Black History Month falls in February, the shortest month of the year. This makes me remember a joke I heard on the WB network. “There they go again, always trying to keep the Black man...

Responding to Interrogatories in Federal Litigation

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Jan 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

© 2011 Frederic M. Douglas.   All Rights Reserved. When responding to interrogatories propounded in federal litigation, take care to comply with federal rules, local rules, and good practices.  Another concern should always be responding well to further your position.  Responses should be served ...

Ring Back Tones in Songwriter Agreements

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Jan 04, 2011 | 0 Comments

A songwriting agreement often provides for a share of royalties that may vary depending on the category of use.  These categories include foreign rights, movie rights, mechanical licenses, public performances, synchronization licenses, print rights, and other categories.  Most agreements between ...

How to Mess Up Getting Music Samples Cleared

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Jan 03, 2011 | 0 Comments

© 2011 Frederic M. Douglas.   All Rights Reserved. Samples have been used in recorded music for a long time.  For example, the Beatles' 1967 “I Am The Walrus” recording used a BBC radio program in its mix.  Unfortunately, most people are clueless about copyright law and sampling.  Errors are c...

Differences Between “Trade Name” and “Trademark”

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Dec 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

© F. M. Douglas 2010.   All Rights Reserved. “Trade Name” is also called a “Fictitious Business Name (FBN)” or “Doing Business As (DBA)” A “trade name” is a name an owner uses to identify his/her business while a “trademark” is used to identify a good or service a business provides. Another disti...

Less Expensive Mock Trial Preparation

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Dec 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Litigation is expensive. Lawyers and experts usually charge by the hour. Seeing as time is money and travel consumes both time and money, a great deal of mock trial preparation costs can be lessened by cutting excess time and travel. To understand what parts to cut, let's look first at traditiona...

Developing Interrogatories to a Patentee Plaintiff

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Dec 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

© Frederic M. Douglas 2010.  All Rights Reserved. Patent litigation is discovery-intensive.  However, the maximum number of interrogatories propounded is twenty-five unless you get court approval.  So ask efficiently.  Each case is different; there is no routine case.  In that direction, an accus...

Watch Out For False Patent Marking Lawsuits

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Dec 09, 2010 | 0 Comments

 Recently several private parties have sued on behalf of the U.S. government against patent owners for “false marking.”  They are asserting that the patent owners put a patent number on products that are not covered by the patent.  These suits may be lucrative because the maximum damages are $500...

Frederic M. Douglas – Patent Attorney

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

https://www.avvo.com/assets/badges-v2.js Lawyer Frederic Douglas | Featured Attorney Litigation Patent Infringement Litigation throughout the U.S. (plaintiff and defendant). Prosecution and preparation of provisional, utility and PCT patent applications in the biomedical, electronic, chemic...

Frederic M. Douglas – Registered Patent Attorney

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Prosecution and preparation of provisional, utility and PCT patent applications in the biomedical, electronic, chemical, energy, desalination, aviation,electrophotograpy, business methods, telecommunications, database, and mechanical fields for concerns ranging in size from startup companies to F...

Developing A Discovery Plan For A Patentee Plaintiff

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

© Frederic M. Douglas 2010.  All Rights Reserved.  (A) Review Jury Instructions and Prepare a Proof Rubric        Determine what you need to prove and what the defendant needs to prove.  Prepare a list of documents and testimony needed to support your case and refute the defendant's case.  From t...

Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Nov 08, 2010 | 0 Comments

© Frederic M. Douglas, January 14, 2002.  All Rights Reserved.  Patent Validity: Offers to Sell an Invention  Q. When does an offer to sell bar patenting an invention?  A.  When a commercial offer of sale is madc.  General Discussion              If a patented invention is sold, or even offered f...

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