Entries by Yuri Eliezer Esq.

Patent Office Updates

As COVID-19 continues to spread and disrupt industries across the globe, patent offices in Coronavirus affected countries are, for lack of better term, not immune. These patent offices are responding by implementing deadline extensions, office closures, and delays in services. Below is a list of relevant patent offices divided by region and their respective statuses […]


How Do I Add Details to My Invention After I Filed for a Patent?

I’ve added additional details to my invention/idea but I’ve already filed for patent. Can I modify my patent application after I’ve already filed it? A very common question indeed. The break down is quite easy to understand when following this logic:   ADDING NEW SUBJECT MATTER Any Patent-Pending Application, whether it is Provisional or Non-Provisional, cannot […]


Can I Get Trademark Protection For A Board Game?

Most savvy entrepreneurs know to apply for trademarks on their product names, company names, logos and slogans. Of those, inventors who make board games often go straight to patent filings and forget about the trademark analysis, as explored in my article here: This article considers a sub-category of trademark law that allows for some interesting […]

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When Should I Convert My Provisional Patent Application to a Non-Provisional Utility Patent?

I usually get asked the question: If I rush to convert my provisional to a non-provisional patent filing, does that reduce the risk of someone having a third party receiving a patent on the same subject matter? Typically, there is NO rush in filing the non-provisional utility patent application once you’ve already secured a provisional […]


Intellectual Property 102 – Identifying, Securing, Capitalizing, and Early Stage Enforcement

Legal mistakes can doom even the best startup concepts and founding teams. It is important to know who owns the IP, the proper timing for registration, and how to enforce your legal rights. This presentation gives you a legal road map to successfully safeguard your product or idea. If you are interested in more detail related […]

What Is Biometrics? | Yuri Eliezer Talks About the New Trend with NPR

Biometric technology is the use of fingerprints, iris scans, or voice recognition for user identification. Recently, there has been a growing trend in devices utilizing these features for the purpose of heightened security. Yuri Elizer, patent attorney and CEO of SmartUp, discusses the growing number of patents in this field and the normalization of this […]

Is My Invention Patentable If It Integrates into an Existing Product?

To begin the analysis, we must first answer the following: Is the “invention” something that exists already and you are applying it to an existing product to improve the existing product’s performance? OR Is the “invention” unique and you are applying it to the existing product to improve the product’s performance? Does the “invention” have […]