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Our Rochester intellectual property attorneys & lawyers can help you secure and protect your company-s intellectual property. Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, author, engineer, manager, or individual - the IP attorneys on UpCounsel have you covered.
There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.
Our Rochester IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.
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What Is a Patentability Search?
A patentability search is a type of patent search that gives you valuable information about whether your invention will qualify for a patent. The search allows you to compare your invention with prior art.
The patentability search is the most common of all the different types of patent searches. It is otherwise known as a novelty search or a prior art search. Its goal is to make sure that your invention hasn't already been created by someone else. The search lets you compare your invention with prior art. This includes both preexisting patented and non-patented inventions.
Novelty searches and state-of-the-art searches are related. A state-of-the-art search prov
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How Do I Get a Patent?
To get a patent, you need to make sure your idea is patentable, which requires that your invention is fully developed and that no one else has already patented it, and then file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which can be a complex process depending on patent type (utility, design, plant, or software patent).
What Is a Patent?
A patent is a property right that the government grants to inventors to forbid others from making or using an invention for a limited period of time (usually 20 years). If someone does steal your invention, the patent grants you the right to sue the guilty party.
Sometimes, someone who did not invent an item can hold the patent right when a patent owner chooses to sell the patent for profit. However, only the person who origi
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Utility Patent vs. Design Patent
The difference between a utility patent and a design patent is that:
- The utility patent is a trademark protection that makes sure a person has full control over his or her invention.
- A design patent is used when you create a new design for an existing product.
What Is a Utility Patent?
The utility patent is a trademark protection that makes sure a person has full control over his or her invention. More than 90 percent of all patents issued each year are utility patents.
You receive a utility patent when you invent a new process, machine, or manufacturing system. A utility patent lists an invention's elements and declares how much it covers for the invention. A utility patent is more valuable than a design patent because the utility is the hardest part to create.
Think of the utility pate
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A Guide on How to Check Company Name Availability
Before establishing and developing your business, it is wise to check if your company name is available. Being forced to change your company name after you’ve already established a customer base can cause confusion, plus you could face a lawsuit if your name is too similar to a business in the same industry.
Luckily, checking the availability of a company name is a simple process.
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How to Patent a Logo
While you can learn how to patent an idea, logos cannot be patented because the term patent describes ownership that protects inventions.
However, logos can be protected in a similar way by a trademark or service mark. Trademarks protect logos attached to products while service marks protect logos attached to services. Both trademarks and service marks are often referred to as trademarks. Following these established steps is the best way to trademark your logo.
Reasons to Trademark Your Logo
A logo is any design used by a person or company to promote its business interests. Logos can be images, stylized words, or a combination of these elements.
- Your logo is valuable. Logos are one of the most valuable assets any company has. Customers can identify a good logo in an instant.