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Our experienced Binghamton 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 Binghamton 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 a Patent Application Search?
A patent application search is a step in the process of applying for a patent. To do this, you must search the database of existing patents to make sure your idea qualifies for patent protection. If your invention has already been patented, you won't receive a patent so there is no point in wasting time and money to apply.
The first step to apply for a patent is to make sure that someone else hasn't already secured protection on the same idea. The patent process can cost more than $10,000. While a patent application search isn't a necessary step, it is highly recommended. When you conduct a thorough search, you can highlight any differences between prior art that you found when submitting your application. You could also save a lot of time and money that would be wasted if you apply for a patent on something that is already listed in the patent database.
A U.S.-issued patent gives the holde
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What is a Patent?
A patent is a series of exclusive rights given to a person who invents something. Such rights are granted by a government agency. These rights enable the inventor to use or sell the product, usually for a specific number of years. Such rights are expressed in official documentation. They grant the inventor explicit protection for the invention by excluding others from unauthorized use.
Patents are controlled by the government and come in varying forms, including but not limited to trademarks, utility patents, and design patents.
How Do Patents Work?
- In the United States, and in much of the world, patents are administered on a first-to-apply basis. This means it does not truly matter, for the purpose of your rights, whether you were the first to conceive of the idea.
- The person who
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How Long Does it Take to Get a Patent?
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it takes about 22 months to get patent approval after going through the steps to file a patent. If you're eligible for a prioritized examination for plant and utility patents, known as Track One, you might get approval in six to 12 months. This costs $1,000 to $4,000. According to other sources, approval length could be up to 25 months in the United States and 37 months in Canada.
Why Is a Patent Important?
Patents protect your intellectual property. You get ownership over your invention and any products created as a result of the patent. It prevents others
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What is a Notice of Allowance?
A Notice of Allowance is a document sent to a patent applicant from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after a patent examiner has decided to issue the requested patent. The Notice of Allowance comes after the inventor has turned in a patent application and provided all information about the invention. This information includes the patent's description, design, drawings, or blueprints.
Since the Notice of Allowance shows the application is complete and meets all requirements, it is the final step in the long and complex patent application process. Your patent application has been fully reviewed and your invention has been given the green light for patentin
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What Are Essential Patents?
Essential patents, or standard-essential patents (SEPs), are patents, such as a software patent, that a company owns and shares with other companies to create a technology standard. Think of an essential patent as one part of a future product that would benefit an industry. Usually, these patents become licensed to standards organizations or companies with the same goal.
When essential patents are licensed, an agreement exists among all those with stake in the patent.
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) often gets essential patents from companies. The IEEE then uses their skills to make new products. The deal between this standards organization and the patent holder is that the essential patent can't be used on its own. Instead, the patent must be used to create something all people interested in the patent want.