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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Aurora Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Aurora 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 Aurora 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 Novelty in Patent Law?
When learning how to patent an idea, the inventor needs to consider novelty which is one of three standards an invention must meet to be considered patentable by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
An invention must be novel (new), useful, and non-obvious in order to be granted a patent. The invention can't be prior art, which includes anything found in printed media or described in a patent application. If the invention is deemed prior art, the submitted patent cannot be protected.
In the U.S. (a "relative novelty" country), there is a grace period of up to one year from the original date of public disclosure. That means even after you publish or begin selling your invention, you have one year to file for a patent. If filing for a patent, this one-year period is not part of the novelty consideration, and novel
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What Is a Food Patent?
A food patent is a type of utility patent that covers edible products and food-related processes and compositions. The federal government tries to encourage innovation in all fields, including cooking, by granting patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Food patents can be lucrative. Inventors of new recipes with significant appeal should apply for a patent.
Can a Person Patent a Food or Recipe?
Patent Class 426 allows for the patenting of foods and recipes. The language of this rule covers foods and edible materials. The law views food as a composition of matter, which is one of the categories eligible for patents.
An inventor can create a new composition that alters the structure in an innovative way. In other words, a chef can prove originality by crafting a recipe that no one else has ever made before. It still has to meet the same criteria for patents as anything else:
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What Is the Bayh-Dole Act?
The Bayh-Dole Act gave universities, non-profits, and other small businesses the ability to earn patents to inventions. This law settled a longstanding issue about the patenting of federally-funded projects.
What's the History of the Bayh-Dole Act?
The P.L. 96-517, formally known as the Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980, added a new official policy for the granting of patents in the United States.
Birch Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Bob Dole, a Republican from Kansas, crossed party lines to work together to write this legislation. The Economist deems the law so important that the magazine famously called it "innovation's golden goose."
Congress ratified this law due to a perceived need for a uniform patent policy throughout federally-funded research facilities. The belief was that the lack of reliable technology transfers had slowed down the pace of innovations in the Un
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What Is a Non-Provisional Patent?
A non-provisional patent application requests the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to issue a utility patent. This type of patent protects intellectual property rights for anything novel, useful, and non-obvious:
- Processes and systems;
- Chemical compounds or compositions of matter; or
- Improvements on pre-existing patents.
Non-Provisional Patents: What Are They?
Also known as a utility patent application, a non-provisional patent application leads the way to a utility patent issue. This type of patent:
- Can cover electrical, mechanical, or chemical inventions.
- Can protect an inventor's rights to make, use, and sell an in
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How to Get a Patent Pending: What Is the Process?
If you want to get a patent pending, all you need to do is file a provisional patent application (PPA) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Filing the application involves clearly describing your invention and paying a fee ranging from $65-$260, depending on your business size. With the application filed, your invention has patent pending status.
The U.S. Congress set up the provisional patent application as a fairly quick and easy way to get patent pending status. The idea is to let inventors show their work to investors without worrying that they'll steal it. To file a PPA, you need a $65 application fee if you qualify as a micro-entity or $130 if you're a small entity. Larger firms must pay $260. The provisional