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    In the early 2000s, MIT alums Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi designed a way for multiple users to share folders across a network. If this idea sounds familiar to you, that’s because you probably use it, or something like it, every day. Houston and Ferdowsi called their design Dropbox, and filed a patent for this […]

  • copyright recipes

    It’s so easy to get a recipe online these days, isn’t it? Whether you’re looking for a new way to make guacamole or double-checking the grilling instructions for those pork steaks, all you have to do is check YouTube or Google. Well, it turns out that even cooking show giants like the Food Network do […]

  • Inventors with a patented idea have options when it comes to taking important next steps toward commercialization. There are major differences between selling a patent, licensing a patent, and transferring technology. If you have questions about shopping your idea or working with another party to capture profits from your invention, it can help to rely […]

  • How to Fight Patent Trolls (and win)

    Patents serve many great purposes for entrepreneurs and businesses all around the world; they empower inventors to create new products and technologies for the public to use and provide feedback on for future iterations. They also protect ideas from being stolen and replicated by other companies who wish to profit from someone else’s designs. Unfortunately, […]

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    Intellectual property fuels innovation. There’s no doubt about it! Everything from the invention of the wheel, harnessing electricity and even the creation of the first automobile — all of these small achievements have gradually built upon one another in monumental ways that push modern society forward. In a phrase: Ideas are important! Not only that, but […]

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    The trademark system has long served as a pinnacle component of our nation’s growth and development. In fact, the first trademark was issued to the Averill Chemical Paint company under the United States Trademark Act of 1870. Since then, private inventors and corporations alike have made it a point to claim ownership of their intellectual […]

  • Apple Iphone 7 reveal

    If you follow the tech industry, or if you haven’t been living under a rock, then you probably know that this week was Apple’s big reveal of the iPhone 7. From San Francisco Apple highlighted the new device, which boasts more storage, a better camera, and not surprisingly, no headphone jacks. In addition to the iPhone […]

  • Apple iphone Apple Patents Latest News Zachary Hiller Patent Attorney Houston TX

    There has been an interesting development in the world of Apple patents. It appears that the tech giant has obtained a patent that would allow the company to utilize infrared sensors to remotely interact with phones. The blog Patently Apple reported that this is part of 44 newly granted patents for Apple this week. These patent […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law Prior Art and Patent Law, patent sketch

    Some would say that there are areas of patent law that are fundamentally broken. The tech blog, Gizmodo, made the case for this in an article several years back when they pointed to the many tech lawsuits between Apple, HTC, Samsung and Nokia. In the article they noted that in certain sectors patent trolls, of […]

  • Cartoon of Patent Troll Zachary Hiller Patent Attorney Houston TX

    Once upon a time, there was a troll. This was a special kind of troll who lived for a specific purpose, to snare unlikely suspects in their litigious web. This is the story of a patent troll, and how they poisoned Apple with a 625 million dollar lawsuit. This is the story of a company called […]

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