Emergency Preparedness

Scott ThorntonLas Vegas, Patent Attorney, Patent Office

On Tuesday, December 22, the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia experienced a major power outage.  This outage caused significant damage to the USPTO’s electronic systems, which required the USPTO to shut down the vast majority of its online and IT systems.  As a result, the USPTO’s Electronic Filing System (EFS), patent searching and information retrieval systems, electronic payment … Read More

Understanding An Inventor’s Duty of Disclosure, Candor and Good Faith

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Patent Attorney, Patent Law, Patent Office

As a patent attorney, I enjoy advising my clients on issues related to their patent applications and issued patents.  Most issues I address pertain to the technical and proprietary aspects of their inventions and how to effectively prepare, file and prosecute their patent applications.  For an inventor, obtaining a patent is an exciting time.  But in the excitement of obtaining … Read More

Inventing: A Bold Bull Move For Bear Markets

Scott ThorntonMiscellaneous, Patent Attorney

Sometimes, equity markets just aren’t the place to be.  In good times, riding a bull market is as good an investment as can be found.  But in uncertain times, investing in the stock market can be much tougher.  As I write this, the U.S. markets went on one of the wildest roller coaster rides in recent memory.  To follow up on … Read More

Ten Things An Inventor Should Do Before Contacting A Patent Attorney

Scott ThorntonInventor Help, Patent Attorney, Patent Law

As a patent attorney, I enjoy talking to inventors.  I love helping inventors and entrepreneurs secure intellectual property rights in their respective works.   A good part of my business involves the cultivation of working relationships with prospective clients.  My hope is that they will retain my services in the future.  But there are days where I am simply too busy … Read More