Annapolis Patent Attorneys & Lawyers
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Shawn G. Rice
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Annapolis Patent Lawyers
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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Annapolis Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Annapolis patent attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. They have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.
Our patent attorneys are of the most highly trained in the industry, requiring a scientific background, and passing a second level of testing known as the Patent Bar Examination. Thousands of patents are submitted to the patent office every day and a patent committee reviews each patent for its validity. The process requires that correctly drafted documentation present a clear case for the novelty of the invention, which is best made by a patent attorney with a higher education background in your industry.
Our Annapolis patent attorneys & lawyers can help you file a provisional patent, which lasts for 1-year and allows you to immediately begin using/manufacturing your invention with the confidence that your idea is protected. These types of patents are great if you think your idea will change a lot over the next year before you file a (non-provisional) patent. These patents are easier to obtain and are less expensive but you should have a patent lawyer review your provisional patent application to insure that you are meeting your objectives when you file your patent.
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Updated November 27, 2020:
Why Is a Software Patent Search Important?
A software patent search helps businesses and individuals figure out what kind of software already exists. If you've developed software or have a software idea, a software patent search tells you what similar ideas are out there. When you want to patent your software, the search helps you figure out if your software is unique enough for a patent.
A software patent search is a legal, business, and personal tool. It's a way to get a picture of the software market. You can check on the software patents that certain businesses hold and find examples to help you write a better software patent application.
In the United States, you can get a pa
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What Is Ex Parte Reexamination?
Ex parte reexamination is a tool that allows a patent owner or a third party to lodge a request for the United States Patent Office (USPTO) to reexamine an already-granted patent based on other patents and publications that they bring to the USPTO's attention.
An ex parte reexamination can be requested at any time during the enforceability of the patent. The requester needs to establish that the prior art creates a substantial and new question of patentability (SNQ). The reexamination is conducted in front
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Patent Law Treaty: What Is It?
The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is an international agreement used in the how to patent an idea process to simplify the formalities associated with patent application procedures in multiple countries. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the PLT on June 1, 2000.
The treaty began in the United States on April 28, 2005. The PLT was approved by the U.S. Senate in 2007. U.S. patent law was updated to reflect the PLT changes in 2012 and became known as the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act, or PLT Act.
Why Is the Patent Law Treaty Important?
The PLT is extremely important to patent holders, since it makes
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Bilski v. Kappos Software: What Is It?
Bilski v. Kappos makes it possible for business methods, processes, and software to qualify for patents. The term "Bilski v. Kappos software" refers to a 2010 Supreme Court case dealing with patents. Specifically, it dealt with whether processes like business methods and software can be patented. In the case, the Supreme Court ruled that Bilski's business method could not be patented. Their ruling opened up new ways to define whether or not "processes" are patentable.
Terms You Should Know
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Updated July 8, 2020:
What is a Software Patent?
A software patent is a property right that protects computer programs or any performance of a computer from computer programs. A software patent is considered a type of utility patent with no true legal definition. Software patents are a topic of controversy both in the United states and around the world.
A software patent differs from a software copyright. Both protect the product, but a copyright only covers the expression of an idea. For example, it might cover only the exact written code of a software program. Software patents and software c