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Karima Gulick

Karima Gulick

Gulick Law
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • California
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Karima is an intellectual property lawyer and registered patent attorney. Karima litigates and helps clients obtain patents and trademarks in diverse industries. She helps business owners build, strengthen, and protect their brands and ideas. She has experience in all areas of intellectual property law including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain name disputes, and eBay disputes. Karima brings a unique perspective to intellectual property issues drawing on years of engineering and managerial experience.

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Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Free Consultation
    We offer complimentary 20 minute Strategy Sessions.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
  • Arabic: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Intellectual Property Attorney
Gulick Law
- Current
Intellectual Property Clerk
Law office of LN Ginsberg
Sr. Systems Engineer
Rockwell Collins
Western State College of Law at Argosy University
J.D. (2015)
Hamline University
Certificate (2015) | International Business Negotiations
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
B.S. (2008) | Aerospace Engineering
Dean's List
Western State University College of Law
Professional Associations
Orange County Bar Association
Attorney member
American Intellectual Property Association
State Bar of California # 309761
International Trademark Association
- Current
Articles & Publications
Intellectual Property Guide for Savvy Entrepreneurs
Speaking Engagements
Law Practice Management, Irvine, CA
Western State University College of Law
International Business Negotiations
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Websites & Blogs
Patent and Trademark lawyer
Legal Answers
27 Questions Answered

Q. How do I know if I should file for a patent or go with the trade secret route instead?
A: It really depends on your business, invention, and product or process. There is no one size fits all answer for this. Is your intellectual property even patentable? Would you want to license it or keep everything in house?
Q. How can I make a patent if I am not a US citizen ?
A: You don’t need to be a US citizen or resident to file in the US. Talk to a US patent practitioner to help you with the actual drafting and filing of your patent.
Q. can I copy a patent after the 20 year period
A: In the United States, for utility patents filed on or after June 8, 1995, the term of the patent is 20 years from the earliest filing date of the application on which the patent was granted and any prior U.S. or Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications from which the patent claims priority. After those 20 years, their rights fall in public domain and you are free to use it. However, you should check and make sure you wouldn’t be infringing on any continuations, continuation in part, divisionals or other patents. While it might seem straightforward, if you’re planning on investing time and money on making these amplifiers, I highly recommend speaking with a patent professional to make sure you’re not infringing on anyone’s rights. The attorney can also help you design around what’s currently protected if needed.
Q. We are an mobile app developers and are wondering if it is possible to protect our app's technology with a patent. How?
A: While patents for apps and software have been harder to obtain lately, a patent is still the best avenue to protect your work for this technology. I would say that phone application are patentable when they are: (a) geared to something more than an abstract idea, essentially tied to machines or concrete concepts; (b) include points of novelty not covered by other apps; and (c) those points of novelty would not have been obvious to someone in that field. Given that it is a crowded field, you should work with a patent attorney and make sure that you include as many details in the applications as you possibly can. This is where detailed documentation of your work would come in handy!
Q. I'd like to know if CBD is considered illegal by the federal government,then why can they have a Patent on it?
A: Even if fully compliant with California law, Cannabis and CBD is still a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. It really depends on which product you are trying to patent. If it's a cannabis related substance, chances are you won't get any patent on the product. If it's a smoking device on the other side, there might be ways to highlight the features of the smoking device which are unrelated to CBDs. As always, please read the disclaimers on the site.
Q. I want to know whether my US design patent can be protected in EU country or Canada?
A: 1) Can you protect your US Design Patent in the EU or Canada? This will depend on when you filed your design patent. Typically for design patents, you have 6 months from the date of filing in order for you to file in other countries and claim priority to your US date. If your product will be selling in multiple countries, you can also file for an "international design application" which can save you money down the road. But again, this will all revolve around your date of filing. If the 6 months has already passed, can you make changes to your design? You can broaden or narrow what you are claiming in your designs or make alterations to your current design. 2) I also want to know if someone sold products with my design before my design patent certificate registered, can I accuse him as infringement after my patent registered? As Mr. Flynn mentioned, if you filed for a design patent on a product that was already in public use, your patent is invalid. Did they change their designs after you filed for your patent? 3) If not, what else can I do to stop him selling products with my design patent? If the infringers started selling your design after you filed for your patent, and they are in fact selling the same design, then you can definitely stop them or license your designs to them. As always, please read the disclaimers below.
Q. We are wanting to trademark a slogan for our company, "Handcrafted In the Name of Beer" but "In the Name of Beer"
A: This would most likely lead someone to confusion between the marks and as such, you should probably find a different name. As always, please read the disclaimers below.
Q. Hi
A: Hi Joe, It looks like your mark was cancelled because you failed to file a Declaration under section 8 in a timely manner. If you miss the filing dates and the mark is cancelled, the only way to reclaim federal trademark rights is to file a new application for registration. Having the mark canceled doesn’t terminate your trademark. It is still protected under common law and state law rules. What is lost is benefits of federal registration. I hope this helps. As always, please read the disclaimers on this page.
Q. can 2 different people own a trademark in 2 different categories.
A: I agree with Mr. Gerity. As long as the industries are unrelated and it would not lead someone to be confused, then it would be ok.
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