Attorneys Handling How to Patent an Idea

As a general rule, a utility patent has a term of 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the United States.  Even though the term of a utility patent is measured from its filing date, the term does not actually being until the patent issues.  If the […]

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Drones, commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are the subject of a rapidly increasing number of patents within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  These patents are directed to subject matter, such as the manufacturing of drones and drone components (e.g. U.S. 9,242,571); the use of drones for […]

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A patent provides its patent owner with the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, and importing into the U.S. whatever is claimed in the patent.  However, there are a number of different reasons for pursuing a patent.  These reasons may vary depending on whether you are an independent inventor, a […]

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The rights granted in a U.S. patent only provide protection throughout the United States and have no effect in a foreign country or jurisdiction.  Specifically, a U.S. patent gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention […]

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Contrary to popular belief, ideas, by themselves, cannot be patented. The idea is the first crucial step toward being able to obtain a patent on an invention.

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On September 17, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held the first Bicoastal Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership (BCBCP) Meeting.  The BCBCP was created as a public forum for individuals in this industry to share ideas, experiences, and insights with the USPTO staff.  During this BCBCP meeting, the USPTO indicated that they intend […]

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Patenting an idea involves a variety of different steps. A good patent lawyer will be able to help you understand whether or not your idea is worth patenting as an initial step.

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