About Erik

Erik J. Heels is an MIT engineer; trademark, domain name, and patent lawyer; Red Sox fan; and music lover. He blogs about technology, law, baseball, and rock 'n' roll at ErikJHeels.com.

Erik has been on the Internet since 1984 and has extensive experience working in high-tech companies such as Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Cayman Systems, and Verio Inc. In 1992, Erik wrote... click here to read more.

The Who, What, Where, When, Why, And How Of Patents

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Patent law in plain English. But not in that order. Why File Patents? Patent laws exist. Just like tax laws exist. Smart companies take advantage of patent laws. Just like smart individuals take advantage of tax laws by itemizing their …

Drawing That Explains ErikJHeels Blog

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Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock ‘n’ Roll. Why do I write about more than one thing? Because I think single-subject blogs are, for the most part, boring. Do you like musicians who play only one note? Artists who use only one …

Court Notice Scam

We are all victims. Did you recently receive an email like this? Subject: Notice of appearance From: Notice to Appear (online_support347@mitpatentlawyers.com) Date: Mon 10/13/14 6:40 PM To: [redacted] Attachment: Note_5814_copy.zip (104.0 KB) Notice to Appear, The copy of the court… …

How To Regain Your Social Networking Virginity

Simplifying your life on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networks. In 1990, I worked evenings and weekends doing programming for Cayman Systems in Cambridge, MA, both to earn extra money to pay off my college loans and to …