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Ali Makoui

Ali Makoui

Makoui Law
  • Patents, Trademarks
  • California, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Biography

I am very responsive to clients' inquiries and easy to get along with. I am used to do heavy lifting for tough tasks.

My practice concentration is in writing patent and trademark applications. We write patent specifications and prepare trademark applications with the possibility of future litigation in mind. Examples of my patent technology fields include software, electronic, telecommunications, semiconductors, Internet-of-Things, medical devices, smart phones application, data encryption, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, virtualization, medical devices, eCommerce, and mechanical devices.

I have also prepared numerous office action responses and appeal briefs in the U.S. and other jurisdictions, including European Patent Office (EPO), Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Brazil, Singapore, Russia, and Canada. We file trademark applications in the U.s. and foreign jurisdictions.

My education background is J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA; and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

I am member of State Bar of California and a patent attorney registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Before practicing law, I worked in aerospace, medical instrumentation, entertainment, and banking industries. I worked in software and electronic fields in managerial as well as design and development positions.

Practice Areas
    Patents
    Patent Appeals, Patent Prosecution
    Trademarks
    Trademark Registration
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Persian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Patent and Trademark Attorney and Founder
Makoui LAw
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Patent and Trademark Attorney and Partner
Adeli LLP
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Intellectual Property Attorney
Law Offices of Ali Makoui
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Education
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (1998) | Law
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University of California - Los Angeles
Ph.D. (1987) | Computer Science
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
M.S. (1978) | Electrical Engineering
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Professional Associations
LAIPLA - Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association
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American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Publications
Articles & Publications
ALI, A CSSL/Multiprocessor Software Interface
Simulation Magazine
Software Interface for Multiprocessor Simulation
Computer Science Department, University of California
Data Flow Methods for Dynamic System Simulation: A CSSL-IV Microcomputer Network Interface
Proceedings of the 15th Annual Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 376-382
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. Is there a means to obtain assistance to sale this patent for royalties / USAU.S. patent number 4,784,433
A: Utility patent terms are 20 years from the filing date (plus any possible patent term adjustments). The U.S. patent 4,784,433, "Portable sunshade for infants in vehicles" has expired in 2008. Once a patent expires, it becomes a public property. Everyone can make it or use it without royalties. This post is for public information and is not intended as legal advice. Nor does this post establish an attorney-client relationship.
Q. Can I trademark my brand name and logo with USPTO
A: There are several pitfalls in registering trademarks for CBD products. One factor is the type of products and services for which you want to register your mark. The 0.3% disclaimer usually overcomes the objections for smoking products. There are additional rules for edible and topical products. The name of your company may also raise issues. Besides the usual concerns for whether the name is similar to an already registered mark, you need to be careful if you want to register your mark for a service such as an online store. If the mark includes any words or drawings that may be related to, or imply, a species of marijuana, you may end up getting a rejection for using a deceptive mark. the examining attorney may contend that the name of your store implies that you sell pure marijuana to lure the clients in but when they enter your website they figure out that you only sell hemp related products. This post is for public information and is not intended as legal advice. Nor does this post establish an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with your attorney before filing a trademark application.
Q. Is it okay to use "Etched" as a brand name?
A: Trademarks are used to identify the source of goods and services and may be rejected if they cause consumer confusion as to the source of those goods and services. Your trademark application may be rejected if it is confusingly similar to an existing mark for similar goods and services. Your mark does not need to be exactly spelled as the other mark in order to be rejected. For example, your mark may be misspelled but sound the same, a portion of the two marks may be the same, logos or drawings in the two marks may be confusingly similar, one mark may be translation of another mark, one mark may be a synonym of the other mark, etc. Stationery supplies are typically in class 16. If you search in class 16 (or better in classes that are coordinated classes of class 16, which may include, for example, an online store that sells stationery supplies), then you will find for example, a registered mark for "ETCH" for paper goods, etc., another registered sign for "ETCHED BEAUTIES" for calendars, posters, etc., and many other marks that may or may not be similar to yours. As an example, go to the free form search: https://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=search&state=4809:6zexhi.1.1 and try the following search criteria: (etch or etched)[ti,bi] and 016[cc] The suggested search is, however, by no means inclusive. For example, how about marks with the words "Etch'd," "Etching", or other similarly sounding or similarly meaning words. This post is for public information and is not intended as legal advice. Nor does this post establish an attorney-client relationship. Please consult with your attorney before filing a trademark application.
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