Patent Law

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What Is a Provisional Patent?

A provisional patent is actually a misnomer because a “provisional patent” does not exist. Rather, you can file a provisional patent application in order to get patent priority for your product or invention.

The provisional patent application won’t be your official patent application that will be the basis to grant you patent approval. Instead, it is a stepping stone that allows you to preserve the “filing date” for your patent while giving you some more time for additional research and

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5 Steps for How to Patent an Idea

Wondering how to patent an idea? It is often said that you cannot patent an idea, but you can patent an invention. This statement confuses many people that wonder: do I have an idea or an invention? The truth is most of the time what you consider an idea actually does qualify as invention. What does this mean for you? If your idea has structure to it, then it is more than a simple idea and probably qualifies as an…

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How Long Is a US Patent Good for?

Are you wondering how long is a US patent good for? A patent’s term depends on the type of patent, but most patents are good for 20 years. The calculation depends on many factors, including the type of patent, whether regulatory approval is needed, and how long the United States Patent Office takes to approve the patent. The Term of a Patent Depends on the Patent Type How long does a patent last? The first thing to consider is what…

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What Is a Patent Citation?

Patent citations can be important as you prepare patent applications to protect your intellectual property or if you are conducting research and want to glean information from patents. What is a patent citation? A patent citation is any document cited by a patent applicant, patent examiner, or third party that relates to the content of a patent application. Truly any publicly available document can form the basis of a patent citation. Here are some typical types of patent citations: Existing…

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What Can I Patent?

The answer to that questions depends on whether your invention or product idea meets the three criteria for patentability that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiner looks at when evaluating a patent application: Patentable subject matter, Novelty, and Non-obviousness.

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How to Sell a Patent

Being a patent owner can be an incredibly valuable resource. Applying for and obtaining a patent can be a sometimes long and complicated process. Once you get a patent, you still need to figure out how to monetize the patent. How to sell a patent How best to sell a patent will depend on your ultimate goals as well as your current circumstances. To monetize your patent, you have a few options: Sell the patent rights for your invention; Grant…

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