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Our experienced Bellingham 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 Bellingham 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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Patent Cooperation Treaty: What Is It?
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) offers patent protection for inventions in over 150 nations around the world with just one international patent application. Filing with the PCT is an important part of how to patent an idea since it helps inventors seek international patent protection for their inventions and intellectual property. Inventors can file an international patent application with one or more Contracting States. If they receive approval, they will have patent protection in several countries at the same time.
It's a multi-national agreement that dates back to 1970. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) manages this treaty, which includes over 151 countries around the world. These countries are known as PCT Contracting State
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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 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 Are Patent Drawings?
Patent drawings are a set of illustrations showing the precisely detailed features of an invention submitted during the patent application process. The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that every patent application is submitted with at least one patent drawing of the proposed invention when an illustration is necessary to fully understand the invention. Patient drawings have changed over the years, but the USPTO has strict drawing rules that inventors must follow. The official record includes patent illustrations that aprinted and published in a uniform style on flexible white paper.
Why Do You Need to Know About Patent Drawings?
For inventors, drafting a patent application requires describing the invention in as much detail as possible. Without specific descriptions, an inventor loses the chance to get a patent ap
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How Much Does it Cost?
A patent can cost from $900 for a do-it-yourself application to between $5,000 and $10,000+ with the help of patent lawyers.
A patent protects an invention and the cost of the process to get the patent will depend on the type of patent (provisional, non-provisional, or utility) and the complexity of the invention.
The Cost of Each Patent Application Type
Before you can think about patent costs, you must come up with a unique product idea that doesn't copy prior art. Prior art is any idea or product that already exists. After you have an original idea, you are ready to file a patent application.
The cost of filing a patent application can usually be divided into three parts: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing fees, lawyer fees, and drawing fees.
When you think about how simple or how complex ideas and inventions can be, you can understand why patents have different costs.