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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Burlington Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Burlington 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 Burlington 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 Application: What is it?
A patent application is a series of documents called a public disclosure to protect a business's intellectual property for an invention. A manufacturer or designer gives documents that relate to an invention's design or the way it works to the United States (U.S.) Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
What Do Patent Applications Do?
Patent applications let businesses protect their intellectual property rights. An application claims that ornamentation (how an object looks), its structural design, utility (its function), or other qualities are not copied off something else. If you've never applied for a patent before, you might find the process difficult. A lawyer with experience in patent applications can help you. Without a patent, you can't stop other companies from copying your designs or technology and making mon
How Long Does Patent Pending Last: What Is the Process?
Patent pending starts from the time you submit a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It ends when they grant or deny you a patent. Most applications are pending for one to three years. However, it can take three to five years or longer for applications involving software or electronics.
The patent pending process begins the moment the USPTO receives your patent application. It can be a provisional or non-provisional application that starts the patent pending process. The process continues until the USPTO issues a patent or denies your application. But it can also end if you abandon your application. The length of patent pending depends on the backlog at the USPTO and the complexity of the application.
How to Get a Patent Pending
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What Is a Plant Patent Search?
A plant patent search covers information about patents granted by the government to protect ownership rights of unique and asexually reproducing plants. As you might expect, plant patents are only a fraction of the patents filed every year. For example, in 2012 there were 576,763 patent applications filed—860 were granted. Only 1,149 of those were for plants.
Before you file for a patent of any kind, it is essential to determine if any similar creations have already been patented. The same goes for the protections afforded to those who create new varieties of plants. You must determine that no one else has created a substantially similar variety of plant so that you are clear to file for your patent.
Why Is a Plant Patent Search Important?
Filing for a patent can be quite expensive, especially when one considers not only the filing fe
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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.
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What Are Proprietary Rights?
Proprietary rights, also known as property rights, are the theoretical or legal rights that an entity has to own property, whether tangible or intangible. Property rights are some of the most basic rights in a free society. They give individuals the right to accumulate, own, hold, delegate, rent, or sell their property. Within economics, property rights form the basis for all market exchange, and they don't always refer only to what's lawful. They might also refer to what is ethical or moral.
The definition of property is expansive. Property can include physical resources, land, non-human creatures, and intellectual property.
Who has the right to what property isn't always clear. If you own a car and the title is in your name, you have property rights to that car. Not every case of property rights is this clear-cu