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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Cambridge Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Patentability?
Patentability is part of how to patent an idea and consists of three main requirements or criteria under United States patent laws. The invention must be:
Novel means the invention must be new, but it is often more complex than that. No other patent issued throughout the world can have previously described it. Also, no kind of any printed publication can have described it. If the invention is known in the U.S., even without a patent or in a published document that describes it, patentability is not there. Patent laws go into more detail about the art references to the invention.
Further rules and restrictions around the novel criteria include any items related to the invention for sale in the
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How Long Does a Provisional Patent Last
Protections through a provisional patent application are only for one full year from the application filing date. This period is called a "pendency period." During this time the patent process is pending and cannot be extended under any circumstances. If you ignore the deadline without submitting the full non-provisional application, you risk losing the rights to your own invention.
Even though this term is used by inventors and some patent services, there is no such thing as a provisional patent. What the term is referring to is aprovisional patent application (PPA), which is not even a patent at all.
A provisional patent application is often the first step in the patent filing process. Unlike a non-provisional patent application, which comes later, the provisional application is not necessary and won't give your
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Patent Search: What Is It?
A patent search cost can be anywhere from $100 to $3,000 depending on the complexity of your invention and covers research into existing patents and patent applications. You can use free online tools to do your own search, but an attorney can help you dig deeper. In addition to professional fees, expect to pay a government search fee after you submit your patent application.
There are a few types of patent searches:
- A novelty search compares your invention to prior art to determine if your invention qualifies for a patent, since you cannot patent something that has already been patented. Prior art includes previously patented inventions, as well as unpatented inventions, that existed before your inventions.
- A state-of-the-art search gives you an overview of advancements in a certain in
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What Does Patent Pending Mean?
Patent pending means that an application has been submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). When you submit an application for a utility, design, or plant patent, the USPTO issues a patent pending serial number, which serves to alert competitors and the public that you are in the process of seeking a patent on your invention.
The patent pending status does not protect the invention, and you can't sue for infringement if someone copies your idea. You only get full legal protection on your idea once the USPTO approves the patent. So, once you receive approval for your patent application, you can take legal action agai
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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