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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Arlington Heights Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Arlington Heights 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 Arlington Heights 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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What Is Indirect Patent Infringement?
Indirect patent infringement is the violation of a patent with or without the knowledge of the infringer. A person or company obtains a patent to prevent other people from using an idea or invention. In some cases, however, another person may not be aware of the patent. Article 26 of the CPC describes the "prohibition of indirect use of the invention" or indirect patent infringement.
There are two types of indirect patent infringement: Infringement by inducement and contributory infringement. According to 35 U.S.C. § 271(b), infringing inducement means that an entity causes a third party to infringe on the patent. The patentee must show that another person actually infringed, that the alleged inducer k
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Parker v. Flook: What Is It?
Parker v. Flook was a 1978 Supreme Court case involving catalytic converters that established the basis for patenting software. It involved alarm limits on a catalytic converter in an oil refinery.
Catalytic converters only work under certain pressures and temperatures. A catalytic converter's pressure ranges are known as alarm limits. These can change during conversion.
Dale R. Flook came up with a method to adjust alarm limits as they changed during conversion. He filed for a patent for this method. The patent was denied because the method's only novel feature was a mathematical formula, which is not patent eligible. The appeal board of the United States Patent and Trademark Offices (USPTO) upheld this denial.
The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) reversed the decision. They stated that even if the method had limited applications, this did not mean it was ineligible for patent
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What Is the Patent Assignment Database?
The Patent Assignment Database has all recorded patent information from August 1980 until now. Any time someone adds information to one of the patent records, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) adds it to the database. However, it doesn't check to make sure that the new information is correct.
How Do Patent Assignments Work?
Assignments offer flexibility. Different people can acquire different rights to a patent. One person could have the patent assignment, but a prior owner could keep a license to use the technology for free.
An interested party could only look at these documents at the USPTO. They're not available online. The best practice is for the owner of a patent to show all current and previous assignments. This is a chain of title that starts with the inventor. The most recent entry should be the current owner.
Each license agreement should also have a re
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What Are Patents and Trade Secrets?
Trade secrets and patents, typically utility patents, are two of the best resources that companies have to protect their ideas. While patents protect a product for 20 years, trade secrets can legally be copied.
Trade Secrets: What are They?
Trade secrets follow the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). They make up two parts:
They are information that has value from not being widely known.
The company follows reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy.
One example of a trade secret is the recipe for Coca-Cola. If anyone outside of the company knew the recipe, all of Coca-Cola's competitors could make its beverage and sell it – putting the company out of business. There are plenty of myths around this beverage, including the one that no one who makes the product kno
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Software Patent Examples: What Are They?
Software patent examples help people who invent software to know what types of software are patentable in the United States. These include virus detection software, web interfaces, content filtering software, video compression software, and more.
Real-World Software Patent Examples
Amazon One-Click, U.S. Patent No. 5,960,411
The One-Click software lets internet shoppers avoid the online shopping cart. If the user has their payment, billing, and shipping information saved, they can buy something with a single click.