June 8, 2010
Cambridge, MA, June 8, 2010 – Lando and Anastasi, LLP (L&A) has announced the launch of a blog devoted entirely to design patent law. The Ordinary Observer (design-patents.blogspot.com) analyzes recent and forthcoming cases involving design patents, and discusses strategies for securing design patent protection in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, the blog regularly spotlights some of the more interesting and unusual design patents that are issued by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office each week.
L&A attorneys Keith Noe, Matthew Grady, Thomas McGinnis, Nathan Harris and Michael Mathaisel are regular contributors to the new blog, which takes its name from the century-old approach by which courts determine the scope of protection to which a design patent is entitled. The blog comes at an opportune time. While there are few resources devoted to design patents, recent high-profile litigation involving design patents on hand tools and Crocs® shoes has piqued interest in this area of the law.
"When people are considering ways to protect their intellectual property assets, design patents are often overlooked," explained Keith Noe, a partner at L&A. "Most people do not realize that, in addition to utility patent, trademark, or copyright protection, design patents also may be obtained. Design patents are relatively inexpensive and give the owner a 14 year term on a wide variety of products, from industrial machinery to computer icons to everyday consumer goods. If someone infringes the patent, the owner also is entitled to recover statutorily-enhanced damages."
The Ordinary Observer is not the firm's first brush with the world of blogging. L&A attorney John Welch has become one of the country's leading intellectual property law bloggers since founding the TTABlog® (www.ttablog.com) in 2004. In his blog, Welch, who is a frequent lecturer and noted trademark expert, analyzes decisions emanating from the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and discusses other issues regarding trademark law.
Founded in 2003, L&A specializes in intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and business transactions and related litigation. The Cambridge-based intellectual property law firm was recently listed as one of the largest IP firms in New England and is one of the fastest growing IP firms in the country. The firm has received national recognition for its practice, aggressive approach to serving clients' needs, and culture.