Monthly Archives: | June, 2016

Patents Fuel Creatvity and Technological Innovation

U.S. patent laws are derived from the Constitution, where Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 states that “The Congress shall have power … To promote the progress of sciences and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” By giving the inventors of new and useful processes, machines, objects and compositions the right to benefit exclusively from their invention for a fixed number of years, patents encourage the growth of technology and creativity. With the growth of globalization and new technologies and especially those connected to the Internet, patent and trademark laws and intellectual property laws have changed dramatically.

Know a Good Lawyer and You’ll Know Your Rights

What is a restraining order? How likely am I to go to jail on my first DUI offense? What is a misdemeanor and how does it compare to a felony? These are all great questions, and chances are if you know the answers to them before you are confronted with a real-world case scenario you won’t need your lawyer at all. Not because you don’t need a lawyer, but because when you know the consequences ahead of time, you most likely won’t commit the offense. That’s the hope, anyway. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Often, when people think they know the law they take chances they otherwise wouldn’t take, believing that they can avoid the stuff penalties that accompany offenses such as DUI, elder abuse, and illegal drug trafficking.