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In the U.S., an inventor has 12 months from the date he or she first publicly discloses their idea or invention to file a U.S. patent application.  A public disclosure refers to a communication of an idea or invention without any confidentiality obligations, either written or oral.  Just a few examples of public disclosures include […]

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A provisional patent application is a patent filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that allows you to obtain an effective filing date in a later filed non-provisional patent application, without triggering the start of the patent term (patent term begins on the filing date of a non-provisional patent application).  This is particularly […]

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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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Provisional patent applications allow you to relatively quickly achieve “patent pending” status for your invention without having to pay the higher cost typically involved with utility patent applications.

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A software patent refers to a patent directed to a computer implemented process. Software patent applications that describe ways a computer implemented process is faster, more accurate, provides enhanced functionality, etc. are more likely to be granted than those that just use a computer to perform an existing process more efficiently.

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The Patent Cooperation Treaty allows applicants to seek patent protection internationally for their inventions. Filing an international patent application is usually still more expensive than filing a national application directly in the U.S. so proper search and preparation is important before you file.

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Obtaining a patent in the U.S. can be a very time-consuming and expensive process that typically involves several steps. Prior to filing a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it is best to first find out whether your invention has already been patented.

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It is important to determine whether your invention is novel and unique prior to investing more money, resources, and time toward your patenting efforts. A patent search can help assess your needs by carefully comparing and analyzing your invention to the methods and products of other inventions.

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2014 Updated USPTO Patent Examination Guidelines regarding patent eligibility.

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Patent marking is the process of adding notices on your products to notify others that these products are either patented or that a patent application has been filed on these products.

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