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Cohn Law Office
The Law Office of Howard M. Cohn and Associates
specializes in Intellectual Property and is renowned for providing excellence in both legal services and customer care. Our firm has the unique capacity to effectively service large corporations, small businesses, startup companies and entrepreneurs alike. Drawing on over thirty-five years of experience, Howard M. Cohn leads our team of legal experts and personally oversees each and every piece of intellectual property that enters and leaves our office. Translating complicated legal parlance into more understandable language is a specialty of Howard’s and ensures that the client has a full understanding of the legal process. Our goal is your success and our mission is your satisfaction. .
The provisional patent application is designed to provide a one-year period to further develop the invention, determine marketability, seek licensing agreements and protect the ability to obtain international patent protection. An important aspect of a provisional patent application is the right to label the invention patent pending. Within 12 months of the filing date of the provisional application, a non-provisional patent application based on the information contained in the provisional application and any additional aspects of the invention that were developed since the filing date of the provisional must be filed.
Utility patents are the most common type of patent protection, and are typically what people mean when they discuss patents. Utility patents apply to new and useful processes, machines, manufactures, compositions of matter, or any new and useful improvement of one of these. Generally speaking, if your invention does something, you should apply for a utility patent. Utility patents have been divided into three basic types: mechanical, electrical, and chemical.
A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device used in trade with goods to indicate the source or origin of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. Trademarks are ubiquitous in the world of business and include many different types of marks. For example, some of the more common types of trademarks, brand names and logos, help distinguish a company’s products from its competitors’. Advertising slogans, which strengthen a corporate reputation in the minds of consumers, can also be trademarked. Certification marks, which are also a type of trademark, attest that a product meets a specified set of standards.
While the protection afforded by such legal instruments as patents is largely restricted outside the country of their issuance, this does not mean that there exists no recourse. It is also important to bear in mind that protection laws vary greatly from country to country.
If the international arena is a concern, it is highly advisory to determine your legal options from the outset.
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications are a reasonably cost way of initially obtaining patent protection throughout the world. International patent protection increases the value of your invention while maintaining the option to file in any foreign country for a period of 2½ years.
Working with Mr. Cohn has been exceptional. Inasmuch as I am new to the field of inventions, I needed an experienced Patent Attorney to rely upon and guide me forward. Mr. Cohn has exceeded all expectations. He has been actively and thoroughly involved with all aspects of my invention, and has provided sage advice as my project has developed. Always available for phone call discussion, Mr. Cohn has provided unwavering support along each phase of my specific invention pathway, including participation in hands-on testing. I would highly recommend Howard Cohn to the novice searching for a legal partner to spearhead their invention.
Dear Howard, This is just a short note of thanks for all your services. Thank you and your staff for your professionalism and guidance in dealing with my company. You certainly know how to treat your clients with courtesy and fairness. I was thoroughly impressed with your ability to handle all of our patent needs.
Dear Mr. Cohn: The patents and trademarks for our products in the U.S. and some foreign countries are properly maintained and in good standing because of your diligence and attention in attending to them.I thank you for all of your great accomplishments in developing our international portfolio as well as resolving our legal issues. I found you to be extremely competent and highly personable.