Patrick Ira Donegan

not just another weblog – with many interests

wow – I have not posted in a long time

People might not think I am interested in this wordpress website any more.

Yet I am!

We had to evacuate our home due to lava eruptions last year. We were living on a lanai for 6 months and it was very tough. And it was stressful, not knowing when we would get home.

We are home now and are still getting our home in shape. It took over a month to clean and paint our place enuf to make it livable.

And I have a new video camera that is has good quality AND can actually do live streaming. More to come on that.

Thanks for reading!


Wow = it’s been a long time

Since I have updated this blog.

Anybody reading?


Luna - electric vehicle

Still looking for financing for this project!


So the latest news is we have evacuated our home!

Yup – about a month ago we evacuated our home with our 5 cat buddies.

2 are still “at large” and we are hoping they show up any time now.

over 2000 humans and many animals have been displaced due to the current eruptions on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

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What the heck?

Now it is Sept of 2017 and I am wondering what life will bring this month.


This is a post

And I am still working on a few video projects.

And – lots of home projects.

And – lots of yard projects.






Do I need a Trademark or a Copyright?

This is also copied word for word from a blog that is about to be shut down:


Do I need a Trademark or a Copyright?

For most inventors issues of legal protection are very confusing. In fact, most inventors will simply get a patent on their invention. However, there can be cases where a copyright or trademark play a part in your overall protection strategy – so I asked some attorney friends of mine to explain the differences for us… 

The choice between registering a trademark and a copyright is not always a clear one. Trademark and copyright registration are both means of protecting your intellectual property rights. There are, however, important differences between trademark and copyright protection.

Untitled-1Copyrights are a form of protection for the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other creative works.

Copyright does not cover intellectual property such as titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; or mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring. This type of intangible property is often more appropriately protected by a trademark. Think of memorable advertising slogans you have heard. Chances are these slogans are protected by a trademark of some sort, while they are unlikely to qualify for copyright protection.

A trademark protects a word, phrase, symbol or design (or a combination of these), that identifies and distinguishes the goods or services of one person or company from those of others.

Some things, such as more complex logos, may qualify for both trademark and copyright protection. This is because the amount of original authorship in a logo can vary greatly. Most highly recognizable logos are extremely simple objects, such as the Nike “swoosh,” and would not qualify for copyright protection. However, a more ornate logo with a great deal of creative authorship might qualify for both trademark and copyright protection.

To protect the name of your company, your newly designed name, logo or a catchphrase, a trademark is probably what you need. To protect your latest painting, the next great American novel or even a brilliantly choreographed dance sequence, a copyright is probably the best route for you.

Trademark and copyright registrations are both issued by the federal government and protect two distinct types of intellectual property. Here are some key differences:

Remember, A Trademark protects names, terms and symbols that are used to identify the source of goods and/or services on the market. In other words, a trademark lets the consumer distinguish one company’s offerings from another’s. Trademarks include brand names such as “Coca-Cola” and images such as Nike’s famous “swoosh.” As the owner of a federally registered trademark, you can sue for trademark infringement in federal court and prevent the importation of foreign goods that display your trademark.

Trademarks Protect:
.       Company, brand, or product names
·       Logos and other marks used to identify a company or product
·       Company taglines and catch phrases such as “just do it.”

While a Copyright protects original creative works such as books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, web content and choreography. As the owner of a federally registered copyright, you can control how your work is reproduced, distributed and presented publicly, and you can sue infringers in federal court and prevent others from importing infringing goods.

Copyrights Protect:
·       Books, articles, web content, and other writings
·       Paintings, photographs, and other visual works
·       Songs, movies, television shows and ads
·       Recorded dances, choreography and other performing arts works

Inventors being scammed?

This is copied word for word for free speech and the copyright stays with the author:


For $500 bucks we’ll make you an expert!

So here’s the deal – As inventors we’re hounded almost daily by people wanting to sell us things, and one of the easiest things to sell an inventor is frankly “expertise”

That said, if it’s real expertise it’s probably worth buying. Unfortunately most of it isn’t real, and most of it isn’t worth much – however, those making money are hoping that you as a novice inventor simply don’t know any better.Approved

Did you ever wonder how those “experts” came to be experts? Well, here’s how most of them do it.

This is an email I received recently from a group called Inventorz Network. I’ve seen this group, who started out great, slide so far down the mountain over the last few years that I doubt they will ever be a reputable member of our industry again – sad – but that’s another story.

The email is what we call “Trolling”. They’re sending emails to people they find on the internet, people they don’t even know offering to brand them as “experts” to their membership – for just $500.00 a year.

Dear Mr. Reyland

Create Your Expert Listing Today Join the Inventorz Network today and create your Expert profile to connect with inventorz nationally who need your services…. …..After you become an Expert Member of Inventorz Network, you can then put together an article about a subject relevant to the inventor industry and your service/business in roughly 2,000 words.

Please remember the idea is to show how you, the Expert, can provide support for the Inventors. Our online magazine receives a lot of traffic, so this will be nice, long-term advertising for your business while you’re featured in the Expert Pavilion. Thank you for your time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Elizabeth D

As you can see, they don’t actually care if I’m an expert or not. They aren’t interested in what makes me an expert, in fact, they never even ask. If I give them $500.00 a year, they’re happy to exploit the trust of their members and feed them to me one at a time – where I’m free to say, do, and charge whatever I like.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t all about Inventorz Network. This is about a problem in our industry that you may not know we have – and that unless you know what happens behind the curtain, you stand a very good chance of getting advice from an “expert” who purchased that title from a group claiming to be helping you.

Mark Reyland


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