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Patent Client Profile: John Jackson

 

The Problem

As everyone knows, petroleum, ore and other valuable materials are found in the depths of the Earth. The problem has traditionally been that, because they are at such depths, they cannot be found by the naked eye and therefore require various types of systems and techniques to be discovered.

One of the most common methods for testing for what’s in the ground is drilling test holes at locations of particular interest and removing samples of the earth from various depths to determine what materials are in it. It’s not cost effective to core throughout the entire length of drill holes, however.

So another method of testing has been to measure topographical irregularities to determine whether there may be materials of interest, such as oil and gas, below the surface. The problem with this method is that it’s far more successful at ruling out areas that may be of interest than finding areas that are.

The Solution

In the early 2000s, John Jackson of Littleton developed a method for finding oil and gas by air, a method and apparatus for passive geophysical prospecting. The apparatus has an antenna that detects electromagnetic radiation that naturally emanates from the Earth’s surface. The antenna generates an electrical signal from the detected radiation while traveling by vehicle over land, water or airplane.

The electrical signal is filtered of frequencies and converted into a prospecting voltage signal. The voltage signal is then compared to a set voltage and an output signal is generated, recorded and analyzed, providing information as to whether the material of interest is in that ground location.

In 2003, when John’s Texas-based attorney unexpectedly died, John was left in the lurch and sought out Leyendecker & Lemire after finding them via an online search. He hired L&L to shepherd his pending application through the patent office. John has continued to work with the firm for more than a decade, having multiple United States and foreign patents issued with L&L’s assistance. He has also used the firm’s legal services to review and help finalize a fully paid up license of his patented technology that netted John a significant sum.

By | August 4th, 2015|CLIENT PROFILES|Comments Off on Patent Client Profile: John Jackson

Client Profile: ‘Sunday at the Memories’ / James Durkee

 

The Issue

James Durkee’s father, Ray, was a radio talk show host for nearly 40 years whose listeners spanned 100 stations and eagerly awaited his Sunday broadcasts, “Sunday at the Memories.” Ray launched his “Sunday at the Memories” show in Denver in c28014_13746382aa0848e4a62eae41b698b0ee.png_srz_p_230_250_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz1973, a nostalgia-oriented show that featured music of a bygone era along with news, sporting events, movies, commercials, TV shows and just about anything else that would take listeners back in time to the ’40s, ’50s or ’60s. The hugely successful show created what James calls “theater of the mind” and its ratings rivaled that of the Denver Broncos.

As the show’s popularity grew, Ray created a new, three-hour show to sell to stations across the United States, eventually finding syndication in 100 stations at its peak. By the early 1980s, “Sunday at the Memories” had an audience from Washington to Maine as well as Hawaii and Guam, and the Aramco Oil Company even played the show for its American workers in Saudi Arabia.

Ray syndicated the show from his home for 15 years before retiring in 1990.

Believing in the value that the show had for its listeners, James Durkee set out to archive his father’s shows, bringing more than 1,500 hours of memories to the Internet and hoping to give them encore presentations on the radio.

The Solution

James needed legal guidance on how to go about preserving and protecting his father’s legacy, so he sought out Leyendecker & Lemire in February 2015.

The team at L&L helped James do a trademark search and file a trademark for “Sunday at the Memories.” L&L was “very simple and easy to communicate with and engage with for the work being performed,” James said.

Since working with L&L, James has begun to stream his father’s shows online at SundayAtTheMemories.com and once again secured the show a spot on the radio dial from 4-7 p.m. Sundays on Cruisin’ 950 AM in Denver.

James’ trademark application has made its way through the review process at the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and is expected to receive registration this summer.

By | July 28th, 2015|CLIENT PROFILES|Comments Off on Client Profile: ‘Sunday at the Memories’ / James Durkee

Client Profile: Ti Training

The Problem

Around the world, law enforcement officers are put in dangerous situations every day. How they handle those situations and make split-second decisions can often be the difference between life and death. But no amount of studying from a book or even time at a gun range can adequately train the officers for what to expect in those dangerous scenarios. They need practice and training that’s as close to real life as possible.

The Solution

Recognizing the need for effective training, Greg Otte and six of his then-co-workers left another simulation provider to launch Golden-based Ti Training in 2006 and created The Training Lab. The Training Lab is a high-tech, industry-leading use-of-force simulator. The simulator allows users to practice using a range of force options, including TASERs, batons and commonly used firearms. The system is pre-loaded with more than 500 scenarios and gives users the ability to customize them to their own specifications. The system can be used by up to 18 participants and includes low-light simulation.

Recognizing that they had created a valuable product, the founders of Ti Training sought to trademark their company and product names. Ti Training has relied on the expertise of attorneys at Leyendecker & Lemire for the successful issue of seven trademarks with another pending and Otte describes the experience as “fantastic.”

L&L has also filed two patents that are pending for Ti Training. The intellectual property protection that L&L has helped Ti Training receive has helped the company sell its product to law enforcement agencies worldwide with confidence of knowing their intellectual property is secure.

Learn more about how Leyendecker & Lemire can help with your trademark and patent needs.

By | May 20th, 2015|CLIENT PROFILES|Comments Off on Client Profile: Ti Training

Client Profile: Modern Christmas Trees

The Problem

Everyone knows what a Christmas tree looks like — at least in the traditional sense. They are evergreen trees — or synthetic, evergreen-looking trees — of varying types and sizes, decorated with ornaments and lights. Though each person adds their own touch to the decorating, Christmas trees are all basically the same. And at the end of the season, families lug the heavy tree to the curb or do their best to shove the fake tree into a cardboard box, hopeful that they don’t bend or break any branches for the following year.

The Solution

Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker was an architect and engineer who built A-frame homes in the Rocky Mountains in the middle of the century. Because money was tight, he would often make things instead of buying them and a family favorite was his unique Christmas tree. Matt Bliss grew up enjoying the creativity and modernity of the unique Christmas tree his grandfather built. Stoecker kept painstaking records, including notes, photos and pattern details of every part of the tree’s design each year, refining the tree’s design through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. His grandson, Matt, reviewed his grandfather’s designs and used them as inspiration for his own sleek Christmas trees in the shape of an A-frame, like homes his grandfather designed during his career. Bliss wanted to patent his tree, to solve the dilemma of having a Christmas tree that looks like everyone else’s and how to store it. The tree is a work of art and is utterly unique, made of acrylic and ball chain. It weighs just 15 pounds fully decorated and collapses flat for storing.

Bliss met with several patent attorneys to discuss the likelihood of obtaining a patent on his grandfather’s tree. He felt that the attorneys at Leyendecker & Lemire seemed like the smartest he had encountered and felt that teaming with them gave him the most reasonable chance of getting the patent. He was right. Bliss obtained a patent for the Modern Tree in 2012 and followed up by returned to L&L for assistance in obtaining a patent for a half tree, which he also received in 2015.

Bliss says his experience with L&L has been great and they are wonderful communicators and problem solvers who gave Bliss the opportunity to obtain the appropriate intellectual property protections without wasting any money.

“The intellectual property rights they have helped me obtain have given me the confidence to take my product to the market knowing I have protection,” Bliss says.

Learn more about how Leyendecker & Lemire can help you with your patent.

By | May 20th, 2015|CLIENT PROFILES|Comments Off on Client Profile: Modern Christmas Trees

Client Profile: Insta Flap

The Problem

The average car driver, speeding around trucks and tractor-trailers, probably does not give much thought to the large, waving mud flaps behind the tires of those larger, slower moving vehicles. Those flaps, however, are vital for keeping rocks, debris, water and road slop from flying up and out from under those big wheels. A necessity for trucks, mud flaps, however, can also be a hindrance for truck drivers. They are big, heavy and can make it difficult to access wheels and tires for repair.

Ask any truck driver who has had to pull over on a highway in a snowstorm to install chains on the wheels. Suddenly the useful mud flaps become a major obstacle. Lying on a wet, icy or snow-packed road while installing chains is unpleasant enough, without struggling to get access to the tires around the mud flaps. Consequently, chains are often improperly installed. They can be damaged or fall off the vehicle, leading to unsafe driving conditions.

The Solution

What if truck mud flaps could be removed in seconds without the use of any tools? What if drivers could easily take off the flaps, install chains or do any tire/vehicle repair and snap the flaps back on?

Inventors Raymond Cross of Redstone, Colo., and Frank Dan Prazen of Marble, Colo., worked together to create a simple system for mud flap removal. Their design involved a two-part bracket assembly that includes a piece that is affixed to the vehicle or trailer and a removable piece that is hooked up to the mud flap. Together, the pieces hold the flap securely to the vehicle, but the removable piece can be easily disengaged to take down the mud flap. The design enables a person to remove a mud flap from a big rig in a matter of seconds, without using any tools.

Cross and Prazen approached Leyendecker & Lemire, LLC for assistance in securing a U.S. patent for their bracket assembly. Founded by Kurt Leyendecker and Peter Lemire, the Greenwood Village law firm provides intellectual property (IP) and business-related legal serves to entrepreneurs, individuals and businesses of all sizes. Leyendecker & Lemire guided the inventors through the complicated and intricate patent process. Their patent was successfully approved in November 2013.

Insta Flap, a Glenwood Springs, Colo. company founded by Cross and Prazen, now sells the bracket assembly sets that are heavy duty and rust free. They are made in America out of top quality stainless steel. No more tools are needed to remove the flaps after the initial four-bolt installation. Drivers can change their mud flaps or get new ones and still use the Insta Flap for years to come. The device contributes to road safety – something to think about the next time you pass that big rig.

By | January 20th, 2015|CLIENT PROFILES|Comments Off on Client Profile: Insta Flap