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Our experienced Charleston 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 Charleston 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 Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) is a general term for the rights recognized by U.S. law for creations of the mind, including:
Patents - rights granted to inventors for novel and useful inventions.
Trademarks - rights granted to businesses relating to the branding of their goods and services (company, product and service names).
Copyrights - rights granted to authors for tangible expressions of ideas (art, literature, music, software code, architectural plans).
Trade secrets - rights granted to businesses relating to their unique and valuable intangible assets (business processes, client and customer lists, procedures, practices, formulae, research notes, market data).
Types of Patents
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What Is Obviousness?
Patent obviousness is the idea that if an invention is obvious to either experts or the general public, it cannot be patented. Obviousness is one of the defining factors on how to patent an idea and whether or not an idea or invention is patentable. It is one of the hardest concepts to understand since it is often subjective and even arbitrary.
The case of Graham v. John Deere is the best way to understand obviousness. Using this case, the Supreme Court came up with the Graham Test for obviousness, which helps determine obviousness as a question of law through factual inquiries:
To determine the scope and content of prior art, the inquiry considers similar patented inventions. Each is defined in the broadest reasonable terms that are consistent with the patent claims. Then the invention at hand is compared with
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What Are Patent Defects?
In the real estate and construction markets, patent defects are problems with a property that a buyer finds during an inspection. Patent defects are caveat emptor, meaning it's the buyer's responsibility to find and fix them, if necessary. Sellers are not legally required to reveal patent defects.
Why Are Patent Defects Important?
You assume many risks when buying property. If you buy a property without identifying patent defects, for instance, then you must fix them at your expense.
Furthermore, the seller doesn't have to reveal patent defects. For example, if patio concrete is cracked or a deck railing is broken, it's up to you to find this during your inspection. Otherwise, you can't take legal action against the selling party. You might have legal options, however, if the seller tries to hide a patent defect fraudulently.
A patent defect is also known as an open and obvio
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What Are Patent Infringement Damages?
Courts award patent infringement damages to patent holders who can prove that another person or company made, used, or sold a product covered by the patent without the holder's permission. If the court rules in favor of the patent holder, it will decide how much money he will get in damages. The smallest reward paid is typically a reasonable royalty. However, because of the Patent Act, plaintiffs can also recover damages that aren't always available in other cases.
Why Are Patent Infringement Damages Important?
In today's high-tech world, companies aggressively guard their products. One way to do that is by applying for patents to protect their ideas. This prevents other companies from stealing these ideas and making money from them. Since patents are so important to business, courts will severely punish those found infr
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What Are Patent Kind Codes?
Patent kind codes let you figure out what type of patent document you're looking at. The patent kind codes are on the patent, either in PDF or in print, on the right of the patent number. Patent codes are a letter, sometimes followed by a number.
What Is a Patent?
A patent is a way to protect your intellectual property or invention. When you have a patent, you're the only one allowed to sell, make, use, or import your invention. Your patent is only valid in the country where you got it. The usual term for a patent is 20 years from when you file the application. However, your patent can be deemed invalid because of court cases or other issues.
To read a U.S. patent number, you'll need to understand three parts:
- First, the country code, which is two characters. For the United States, it is US.
- Second, the patent/publication number. Patent applications will in