The Best Way To Protect Your Invention

Author: P.B.Tufariello

Start Keeping A Diary Or A Laboratory Notebook!

To be clear, this method is not necessarily foolproof; there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to protecting your intellectual property. However, in my experience, those who were wise enough to keep a diary or a laboratory notebook during the process of creating something new have a tremendous advantage over those who don’t.

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I get so excited when I have a client who comes in with a notebook, such as a laboratory notebook or diary filled with notes and entries from the very first day the client begins working on a project through the day he or she comes to visit with me. I get excited because the client gets it!

The companies I used to work with, mandated that we used these notebooks, because it’s very difficult to tamper with them. Their binding is sewn in place and the numbering of their pages makes it very difficult if not impossible to rip pages out, or to add pages in. The very first thing that I’d do every day I worked at the laboratory was open my notebook to the next available clean page and with a pen, enter the date on the upper right hand corner. More:

  • Paper lab notebooks have long been accepted as evidence of invention in interference proceedings at the Patent Office.
  • Lab notebook entries are the foundation for providing the patent attorney with the information necessary to create an adequate patent application specification that satisfies the legal standards listed in the patent law found at 35 U.S.C. §112.

It’s about the inventors, authors, and creators of inventions, new products, and new services. So let me outline the key benefits of keeping a diary or laboratory notebook.

Keeping A Written Log Establishes Your Timeline In Court

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What About Your Rights as an Employer to Monitor an Employee’s Social Media Accounts?


While in some states employers are able to establish company policies that limit what employees can post about employers, New York’s laws protect the employee’s privacy rights.

First of all, New York State law prohibits you from asking employees for the username or password to their social media accounts. It also prohibits accessing these accounts through other electronic means, which protects employees’ privacy regarding these accounts. The New York State Privacy Protection and Internet Safety Act determines when and how online personal and private information can be destroyed and establishes responsibilities and enforcement.

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has general policies in place advising employers not to establish rules that prevent employees from discussing wages or working conditions with each other. However, if an employee is critical of the company and complaints are not in relation to group activities among employees, then the employee is probably liable. Situations vary depending on the facts involved.

If you’re concerned that an employee is posting opinions on Facebook or some other social media outlet that is damaging your company’s reputation or resulting in lost income, consult with one of our attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates

How to Avoid Winter Injuries at Work

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Author:Pyrros & Serres LLP

Winter weather, with snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain, generally increases the risk of injury for workers, especially those who spend most or all of their time outside. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of workplace injury in wintry weather.

Watch Your Step:Winter Injuries at Work

Slip and fall accidents escalate dramatically in the winter months. It’s imperative that you take a different approach to walking up and down steps or down a sidewalk, particularly when there’s snow or ice. The first thing to do is to slow down. It’s better to get there unharmed than to get there fast. Make certain that the footwear you have on has good traction, and that the soles are not worn or smooth. You’ll get better traction if you step down with your feet flatter to the ground, rather than on your heel.

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people across the borough of Queens and throughout the greater New York City area. We have an established reputation for providing outstanding legal services and obtaining positive results. Many of our new cases come to us as referrals from clients and colleagues.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our workers comp practice area overview page.

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Fine Brothers Abandon Trademark

The Fine Brothers Expressly Abandon Their Trademark Applications For The Terms “PARENTS REACT” And “REACT”

Author: Betty Tufariello

The Fine Brothers React To Public Reaction

The Fine Brothers had formed a partnership called Fine Brothers Films and Fine Brothers Properties Inc. in an attempt to monetize ‘open source’ youtube video. The public outrage was fierce and immediate.

Q. Hey did you hear what’s happening on YOUTUBE?

Q. What the the Fine Brothers tried to do. They are trying to prevent everyone from making REACT videos. Word on the street is that they are losing about 10 subscribers a second.

A. What do you mean they filed a Tradmark application to protect REACT? People will not be able to post and make react videos? They can’t do that. They can’t take the genre away from the rest of the YouTubers. [pause] Hey does that Mean that Shane Dawson can’t make REACT videos? Oh man, I love Shane Dawson. They can’t do that.  I am going to take my name off the subscriber list. Read More

If you want to know if the Fine Brothers expressly abandoned the applications for the registrations of PARENTS REACT and REACT as trademarks, Read More

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This intellectual property law and patent firm is based on Long Island and provides legal counsel and courtroom representation to individual inventors and businesses of all sizes with copyright, trademark and patent concerns.

Kids and Trampoline Accidents

Trampoline Accidents

trampoline accidentsWe love our kids to be active in sports because they enjoy it and the exercise is good for them. Jumping on trampolines is fun, and trampoline parks are a type of recreation that has grown in popularity nationwide during the past few years.

According to ABC News, in 2009 only a handful of trampoline parks existed but by 2014, there were 345 parks across the country.

Granted, not all injuries occur in trampoline parks. Schools have trampolines and some people have trampolines in their back yards. Even so, close to 100,000 trampoline-related injuries happen annually. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 22 trampoline-related deaths. Read More


Safety Guidelines

  • Guidelines for safety at trampoline parks include:
  • No more than one person on a trampoline at the same time
  • Separate kids by size and keep small and large jumpers in different trampoline courts
  • Never allow children 6 years old or younger onto a trampoline
  • See that the park has monitors to watch the trampolines
  • Follow the park’s rules

Accident victims should seek legal counsel to find out about recourse whenever their injuries or a loved one’s are serious.

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Kids and Trampoline Accidents |Steve Palermo, Trampoline Accident Attorneys | Personal Injury Law Firm main office located in Hauppauge, Suffolk County Long Island, NY.

The Complications in Soros’ Million Dollar Divorce

Complications in Million Dollar Divorce

Complications in Million Dollar Divorce

Million Dollar Divorce

The son of the world’s second wealthiest hedge fund manager, George Soros, filed for divorce in 2014 after 22 years of marriage. A property division trial resulted from a dispute over substantial amounts of money.

According to Page Six , Soros’ son, Robert, deposited $21 million into his personal accounts while his wife, Melissa, struggled with breast cancer. Melissa testified that he deposited $21 million in jointly filed tax refunds. She explained that during her extensive rounds of chemo treatments for breast cancer, she also experienced pneumonia, broke her ankle and had problems with insomnia…Read More

New York Property Division laws dictate equitable division, which means each spouse owns the income he or she earns during the marriage and has rights to property that is in his or her name alone. Judges determine assets division, which may or may not be exactly equal. (Findlaw)

The jointly filed return and arriving at a fair and equitable property division are what complicate this matter.

If you’re struggling with property division disagreements, consult with attorney Chris Palermo. Chris is an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer who has helped numerous clients overcome the challenges involved with divorce.

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New York Horse Owners/Trainers Significant Increase in Workers Compensation Rates

by Pyrros & Serres LLP | Jan 27, 2016 | Workers Compensation Attorneys

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In a last-minute deal, horse owners and trainers have avoided a substantial increase in workers’ compensation premiums for jockeys and exercise riders in 2016.

In New York, workers’ compensation insurance premiums to cover jockeys and exercise riders are paid into the Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, which then purchases workers’ compensation insurance through the New York State Insurance Fund. Premium payments are assessed to owners and trainers.
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Under the emergency rule, owners would also have seen a substantial increase in workers’ compensation assessments, from one percent of purse money in 2015 to two percent in 2016. The fee would have been capped at $20,000.

  • New York Jockey Work Comp Rate Hike Avoided
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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.


Cibao Meat Trademark

Cibao Meat Trademark

Author: Panagiota Betty Tufariello – Founder of Intellectulaw™ Law Offices of P.B. Tufariello, P.C.

The registration issued on December 22, 2015, was issued U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,875,129 and it will remain in force for as long as the trademark is being used in commerce, and so long as the registration is properly maintained.

The mark was first adopted on April 17, 2015 for use in connection with processed meat, namely cooked sausage. It is currently being used in connection with, among other things cured Dominican Longaniza. Specimens of the product can be viewed at According to Wikipedia, Dominican Style Longaniza has been generally home-made, and made since colonial times. It is prepared with the juice of bitter oranges or lime, garlic, oregano and salt. Pork intestines are used for the casing. The homemade longaniza is left to cure in the sun for some days. It is eaten fried in its own fats, or in vegetable oil. Best quality longaniza usually has a 30% lean fat content.

We congratulate Cibao Meat Products, Inc. on their latest addition to their Cibao Family of Products and we are excited to have played a roll in the registration of the INCARNA trademark.

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Astoria Queens Workers Compensation Attorneys

New York Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys

Author: Pyrros & Serres, LLP

Do you live or work in New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, maybe Westchester and have been hurt on the job and need benefits? Take a look at this video. An experienced workers comp attorney  can protect your legal rights and help get the benefits to which you may be entitled.

New York City & LIC Attorney talks about Minimum Wage Increase

What does minimum wage increase mean to you?

What Does the 2016 Minimum Wage Hike Mean for You as an Employer?

Posted by Stephen D. Hans:

A minimum wage increase of $8.75 to $9.00 went into effect in New York on December 31, 2015. For employers, it obviously means you must pay higher wages to all employees who were receiving minimum wages. However, that’s not the only factor you must consider.

The New York Department of Labor released new posting required for the wage increase on December 31, 2015. GovDocs offers the posting as part of its New York Post Compliance Package

In fact, businesses must display posters not just for minimum wages. Other employment laws also require postings. Here is the complete list:

  • Minimum Wage Information
  • Discrimination
  • Laws Governing the Employment of Minors (Child Labor)
  • Time Allowed To Vote
  • Fringe Benefits
  • Deduction from Wages
  • Tip Appropriation
  • No Smoking
  • New York Correction Law Article 23-A

New York Correction Law Article 23-A is NY Law that prohibits employers from discriminating against persons who were convicted of one or more criminal offenses. You may not be aware of it, but if you deny employment to someone who was previously convicted of a crime, you must provide the person with a written statement at the time you deny the employment or license.

Let’s face it. In our society today, business owners must know about and comply with many laws and regulations just in order to run a business. It’s vital for you to address legal factors and work with an employment law attorney who can help you put measures in place. Failing to adhere to the law and stay in compliance with regulations can result in heavy fines.

At Stephen Hans & Associates, our attorneys offer human resources consulting to keep you apprised of legal and regulatory requirements. We can explain the recent wage law changes and how it affects your business. Let us help you prevent lawsuits and regulatory hearings that threaten your business.