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Published December 28, 2023

Brad Brown

Greetings, fellow outdoor enthusiasts! I’m Brad Brown from IP Works Law, and welcome to IP Outdoors, our dedicated space where we explore the exciting world of hunting and fishing innovations. Some of these creations have been in development for decades, while others are fresh off the drawing board, like the one we’ll be discussing today: spinning wing duck decoys.

 

Spinning wing duck decoys have been a game-changer in the world of waterfowl hunting. These decoys, with their rotating wings that mimic the motion of real ducks, have been around since the late 1990s when the first patent was filed. While that original patent has since expired, spinning wing decoys are still relatively new and widely used in the field. In fact, some states only recently legalized their use a couple of years ago.

 

Now, you might be wondering, what happens when a patent expires? Does it mean your invention is left unprotected? Not necessarily. There are various strategies you can employ to extend the life of your product’s protection. You can file additional patent applications, which could potentially add more years to your patent rights. Furthermore, if you have a new and improved version of an existing product, you can file an entirely new series of patents to protect your innovation and maintain your competitive edge, even after the initial patent has run its course.

 

If you have a product or a new innovation in this situation and you’re looking to extend your patent rights, give us a call here at IP Works Law, and we can help you figure out the best strategy to continue protecting your invention.

 

The story of spinning wing duck decoys serves as a compelling example of how innovation and strategic intellectual property protection can go hand in hand. By securing your creation with patents and exploring avenues to extend that protection, you can ensure that your hard work and ingenuity continue to benefit you, even as the market evolves.

 

I’m Brad Brown, and this is IP Outdoors. Thank you for joining us today, and remember, innovation is key to success in the world of hunting and fishing. Have a fantastic day, and if you have questions about protecting your inventions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at IP Works Law. We’re here to help you navigate the complex world of patents and intellectual property.

 

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