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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Bloomington Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Bloomington 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 Bloomington 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 Design Patent Search?
A design patent search involves searching existing patents to make sure your design has not already been patented. A design patent is available for original, new, and ornamental designs for an item. It lasts for 14 years from the filing date. It also allows an inventor to create a new way to design an existing product. The design patent protects this unique design without changing the patent on the item.
There are a few common areas that design patents exist, although you can find them across just about every industry. The most common are furniture, hardware, tools, food preparation, sporting goods, toys, games, and communication equipment.
A design patent is often confusing because inventors aren't sure if they need this or a utility patent. The main difference is that a utility patent covers the entire product, while a design patent only protec
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How Do I Patent an Invention?
Learning how to patent an invention as part of how to patent an idea can be a tough process, but an original invention that can be clearly described qualifies for patent protection. Average prices for a simple mechanical patent range from $10,000 to $20,000. Because a patent is such a large investment, you should follow the correct process to make sure your application is approved and your invention is protected.
Reasons to Get a Patent
- It ensures that others can't make money from your invention. You can seek damages from any person or business that infringes on your patent. Similarly, the exclusive rights your patent gives also means you can't infringe on the copyright of others.
- It helps you profit from your invention. Since you occupy your own space in your industry, you can mak
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Patent Help: What Is It?
Patent help can be sought from a patent lawyer. A patent protects your intellectual property.If you've come up with an invention idea, protecting it from use by other people helps protect not only your ability to make a living from your invention but also the spirit of innovation that drives our culture forward. You can gain this protection through the patent process.
Why Is a Patent Important?
Patents protect your process or invention. There are three types of patents:
- Utility patents, the most common form, protect processes, machines, manufactured articles or compositions of matter, as well as improvements on any of those.
- Design patents protect ornamental designs and forms for manufactured articles.
- Plant patents are granted to those who invent or discover asexually reproduced new varieties of plants that are not fo
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How Long Does a Utility Patent Last?
Utility patents filed on or after June 8, 1995, last for 20 years from the application filing date.
Before this date, patent protections in the United States lasted for 17 years from when the USPTO first gave the patent. The law changed to obey Article 33 of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement from the Uruguay Round Agreements of the General Agreement on Tariffs. Because of this article, the U.S. had to set up a patent protection term that ends no sooner than 20 years from the first application date.
The 20-year patent term is a general one. For instance, a patent application that refers to an earlier filed patent application follows different rules. In this case, the patent term ends 20 years
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What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?
A cease and desist letter does not automatically signify a lawsuit. It is simply a warning about illegal behavior that lets you know that further penalties could follow if the behavior, such as patent infringement, doesn't stop.
Here are some ways it is possible to violate the intellectual property of another:
- Plagiarizing someone's work
- Using an invention without the right to access it
- Engaging in illegal or suspicious activity that involves someone's work
The first step that you can take to address these issues is to send a cease and desist letter. This letter puts the person in violation on notice that they are engaging in illegal use of a property. It advises them to stop, or