Gun Rights and Ohio Concealed Carry (CCW) Laws

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The attorneys at Walters & Wasylyna are gun enthusiasts.  If you have issues with firearms, your CCW concealed carry license, or any other matter involving your firearms rights, give us a call. If you need top drawer, sophisticated CCW training at a reasonable price, call us. 216.990.6110 Gary L. Walters is a retired infantry officer, a former drill sergeant at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, a holder of the Silver Star earned in combat, and a graduate of many military schools, including the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Gary graduated from Cornell Law School in 1999.  He owns GunIQ LLC and can help with your firearms training with both public and private classes.  GunIQ routinely offers Ohio’s concealed carry handgun license (CCW) training. Walters & Wasylyna is an Ohio-based law firm focusing on intellectual property matters and business litigation.  The firm is highly active in patent preparation and prosecution, both in the United States and around the world, as well as patent enforcement in the federal courts.  The firm represents clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 Companies to sole proprietors and individuals....

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Ohio Inventors Expected to Receive Record Numbers of Patents; Ohio’s Percentage to Slip

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cleveland, Ohio.  It is projected that in 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will issue roughly 5,779 patents to Ohio inventors.  This record-breaking figure will continue for another year an upward trend in patent grants, as shown in the chart below: Unfortunately, despite continued growth in total patents issued, Ohio’s share of all issued United States patents will continue its downward trend.  It is projected that in 2014, Ohio inventors will account for about 1.75 percent of all issued United States patents.  For comparison, in 2004, Ohio inventors accounted for about 2.23 percent of all issued United States patents. Walters & Wasylyna is an Ohio-based law firm focusing on intellectual property matters and business litigation.  The firm is highly active in patent preparation and prosecution, both in the United States and around the world, as well as patent enforcement in the federal courts.  The firm represents clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 Companies to sole...

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Trademark Registration

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cleveland, Ohio.  Trademarks serve two purposes.  They protect the reputation of the person or company providing goods and services by helping to ensure that the mark is only going to be associated with their product, and they protect the consumer by allowing him or her to associate the product with a person or company they already know. The owner of a trademark may establish rights in that mark whether or not it is registered with the USPTO; however, registration gives the owner several rights:  The public is deemed to have notice of your mark. Courts will “presume” that you own the mark and have exclusive rights to it in connection with the goods or services listed in the registration.  (The person or entity accused of infringement will have to overcome this “presumption.” ) You may sue in federal court. You may use the US registration to extend the registration to other countries. You have additional means to prevent the importation of infringing goods. One may use “TM” for a trademark and “SM” for a service mark to let others know of your claim to the mark whether or not you have registered the mark with the USPTO.  The ® symbol, however, is reserved for marks that have actually been registered. Do you need assistance with a trademark or other intellectual property?  Walters & Wasylyna can help–give us a call. Gary L. Walters is a partner at Walters & Wasylyna.  He focuses on civil (business) litigation and intellectual property disputes.  Walters & Wasylyna is a litigation, intellectual property, and patent...

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Bitcoins: In A Nutshell

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bitcoins are a form of digital currency.  They are the digital creations of software in a peer-to-peer system, meaning that there is no central server location, no owner.  Bitcoins, the system, was created by someone going under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009.  Bitcoins are regulated by no one (no governmental agency) and by everyone (every “miner” using the software system).  Each miner has full view of the system, except for a complex private password held by each user of the system.  This highly private password is what allows holders of bitcoins to do so with confidence.  Transactions are essentially free and anonymous, two of the strongest appeals of virtual currency. Bitcoins are acquired generally in one of three ways.  First, they are “mined.”  The software itself maintains the bitcoin system through a sort of complex mathematical problem that today takes enormous computing power to “solve.”  The problem takes the form of following strict cryptographic rules to pack the ongoing bitcoin transactions into a “blockchain,” which is approved by a consensus of miners in the system through the operation of the software.  Once the blockchain is completed (solved) it takes its place in the chain, the system releases 25 bitcoins to the solver, and the next blockchain begins.  In the earliest days, one might solve one of these problems with a home computer and the reward (bounty) then, like now, would be the release of 25 bitcoins.  Today, however, the computer power to solve the problems and release the bitcoins is enormous and the problems are generally solved by pools of miners with machines running around the clock.   The miners’ shares will be determined by the computational power each brings to the mining.  Each solution takes a few minutes and the 25 bitcoins usually go out to individual miners in small fractions.   The machines largely used for mining today are not “computers” in the traditional sense, but special processing machines that do nothing but efficiently mine at high rates of speed.  Anyone can participate.  To do so meaningfully will require an investment of several thousand dollars.  Note that bitcoins will continue to be released at increasingly slower rates until approximately 2140, when the system will reach the prescribed limit of 21 million bitcoins.  There are slightly more than 12 million in circulation as this is being written.   The machines mining bitcoins are valued in the tens of millions of dollars and the electricity being used for mining would supply a small country. Second, one may simply buy bitcoins.  The most common way is to go to one of the online exchanges, where you can lay down cash for the bitcoins.  There are several large exchanges.  Bitcoins are in the news today because the largest of the exchanges—Mt.Gox—has gone off line, allegedly losing more than $300 million through theft.  It remains to be seen whether bitcoins will survive this...

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Local Counsel: Northern District of Ohio and Northeast Ohio

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Walters & Wasylyna’s lawyers frequently serve as local counsel to represent businesses and persons that have been sued or that need to file lawsuits in the State Courts of Northeast Ohio and the U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The local rules, customs, and issues of form are often unknown or confusing to practitioners from other parts of the country, so it is important to retain reliable local counsel.   Walters & Wasylyna practices routinely in the areas of business litigation and intellectual property, including a robust practice of patent prosecution.  Once retained as local counsel, we work closely with primary counsel to help determine the best courses of action, and whether to seek dismissals or jurisdictional transfers. If the case stays in our jurisdiction, we stand ready to work with primary counsel to provide all levels of services throughout the case.  In addition to all Courts in Ohio, our lawyers are admitted to the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as the United States Patent and Trademark...

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