The Firm congratulates associate Jason LaCosse on being named Secretary of The Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (IPLAF), an organization of legal professionals, students, and administrators interested in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and Internet law. http://www.iplaf.org/
With advances in technology, solicitations now tend to occur even earlier in the patent and trademark application process than in the past. It is also common for solicitations to pertain to renewal or other "maintenance" issues for registered trademarks and granted patents. There are even solicitations from foreign registries directed to U.S. recipients.
Altough such solicitations are not official correspondence from any government agency, they are often presented in the style of an official-looking invoice, even though they merely constitute a contractual offer, at best. Recipients should therefore take caution as they are not obligated to participate or pay the indicated amounts. Even worse, some solicitations are bold enough to appear as if they are issued by an official government agency, in some cases, very similar sounding to the real thing. As seen, below, this has prompted the U.S. PTO to issue a recent notice on this subject:
The Inventors Society of South Florida hosts its Annual Invention Expo on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Broward County Library located at 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Expo is an excellent opportunity for inventors to display their inventions and obtain valuable feedback from the general public regarding various aspects of thier inventions, including desirability, usefulness, expected cost, aesthetics, etc. Exhibitors must register by February 1, 2010. For more information, please visit the Inventors Society of South Florida - click here.
As we say farewell to 2009 we take the opportunity to thank our clients and colleagues for allowing us to protect your intellectual property. And while this year has brought us all many challenges it has also afforded us many opportunities. Today we thank you for your patronage, trust and confidence. We hope that 2010 will bring you all much success, prosperity and happiness.