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 …

Twitter Bug Makes Tweet Archives Unreliable For eDiscovery

Tweets from 2010 and earlier suffer from URL redirection problem. Old Tweets: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t I’ve been on Twitter continuously since 2008-10-30. Here’s my first Tweet: I'm betting that today's decision re software patents (http://tinyurl.com/6699zd) will …

‘It doesn’t take all types, there just are all types’ quote is by Tom Bohan, NOT Winston Churchill

Thomas L. Bohan quotation ‘It doesn’t take all types, there just are all types’ erroneously attributed to Winston Churchill. I had the privilege of working for Thomas L. Bohan (hereinafter “Tom Bohan”) from 1992-1994 while I was in law school. …