Jim Pravel

About Jim Pravel

For over 25 years Jim Pravel has successfully assisted clients large and small – domestically and internationally. We help small to mid-size companies and independent inventors secure strong patent and trademark protection for unique products and processes. We also provide licensing and negotiation assistance to improve the generation of revenue income. We provide tools to obtain an early filing date with an inexpensive self-prepared, non-provisional patent application. Licensed throughout the United States for patent and trademark matters and for litigation in Virginia. Licensed (inactive status) in Texas and DC. AV+ Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

On June 19, 2017 the US Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam, 582 U.S._ (2017), affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Simon Tam, the lead singer of the Asian rock group “The Slants”, chose the name in order to “reclaim” the term an drain its denigrating force as a…

On June 6, 2017 the US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a precedential opinion in In re University of Miami (Re TM Serial Number 86616382)   Under the Trademark Act, an applicant must file specimens that show the mark used in commerce.  These are typically pictures of labels or…

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has made effective as of February 17, 2017 a rule concerning the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed under section 8 of the Trademark Act, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed under section 71 of the…

The US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held in In re Bay State Brewing Company, Inc., Serial No. 85826258 (TTAB, February 25, 2016) that a consent agreement may not necessarily overcome a likelihood of confusion rejection by trademark examining attorney. At issue in the case was whether TIME TRAVEL BLONDE…

On February 10, 2016 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decided the case of Convolve, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology v. Compaq Computer Corp. and Seagate Technology, Inc. (February 10, 2016, 2014-1732, CAFC). The technology at issue in the case involved improvements in computer hard drives described in US Patent No. 6,314,473…

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