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Walker Weitzel

Walker Weitzel

Alloy Patent law
  • Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property
  • Washington
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Prior to establishing Alloy Patent Law in 2015, Walker spent a decade designing and building aerospace assembly automation. His hands-on experience as an engineer allows him to work with and help inventors of all backgrounds, including those with little-to-no design experience, as well as those with highly technical designs and products.

Seattle University School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Law, Intellectual Property Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, top 5% CALI Award for Top Grade in Contracts CALI Award for Top Grade in Advanced Copyright Law CALI Award for Top Grade in Individual Income Tax
Activities: Intellectual Property Law Society Intellectual Property Inns of Court Moot Court
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Seattle University
B.S. (2005) | Mechanical Engineering
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Professional Experience
Patent Attorney, Founder
Alloy Patent law
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Alloy was established to help artists and inventors protect their IP. We are a small practice, offering the absolute best representation by highly qualified lawyers, at prices that individual inventors and artists can afford.
Registered Patent Attorney
Excellence in Copyright Law
Awarded for the top grade among all students in Advanced Copyright Law
Excellence in Income Tax Law
Awarded to for the top grade among all students in Individual Income Tax Law
Excellence in Contract Law
Awarded for top grade among all students in Contract Law
Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association  # 47361
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USPTO  # 73544
Patent Attorney
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Practice Areas
Patent Appeals, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Intellectual Property
Legal Answers
Q. I have a peanut butter recipes. How do I protect my recipes so manufacturers don't steal it?
A: There are two ways to protect recipes: Patents and Trade Secrets.

Recipes can be patented, and the strength of the patent will depend on the novelty of the invention. I don't have a lot of info about your recipes, but my general inclination is that patenting is not the best means for protection in your case.

Your best protection, and the one most frequently employed for proprietary recipes, is trade secrecy law. For IP to be protected as a trade secret, you must take reasonable steps to keep the information private. This means that you will not disseminate the secret to the public. Before sharing the recipe with anyone, including employees, contractors, manufacturers, or other, you must form an agreement that they will promise not do disclose the recipe themselves. This agreement is known as a nondisclosure agreement, or NDA.

You may want to talk to a lawyer to set up a trade secrecy program to make sure that your recipe is protected. If you do put in reasonable efforts to maintain the trade secret, you are able to sue and seek damages from unauthorized use.
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Q. Hello,I have a vested patent about a new product for watersports.I would like to sell my idea to this kind of companies
A: There are many options for selling and licensing patents. Although I do not have much information about your patent or the related product, it sounds as though this is an area of technology in which I would approach potential companies directly to work out a purchase or licensing agreement. The process will depend a lot on your specific patent and the related industry.
Q. Patent of cushioned drum stick handle by James Huber is an exact copy of my designs from 1995. What should I do?
A: There are many important facts to this case that are not included in the question that a patent lawyer would want to ask, for example:

What patent specifically (patent number and expiration?)

Facts specific to your design and disclosure of said design, like did you ever market or sell it.

Other general background.

I would suggest scheduling a free consultation with a patent lawyer to determine whether you have any legal recourse.
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