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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Columbia Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Columbia 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 Columbia 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 and What Is a Copyright?
Patents, typically utility patents, and copyrights are both types of intellectual property that grant rights to creators and inventors and protect their work from being exploited without their permission, but differ in the type of property they protect.
Protecting Your Ideas
Business success hinges on ideas. Without an original idea, a business will struggle to turn a profit. But what happens when another business steals that idea? What protects a business from other people trying to take it's money-making products or strategies and turn them into their own? Most companies have two options: patents or copyrights. Choosing between applying for patent protection or registering your work for copyright comes down to what it is you're trying to protect.
Copyright vs. Patent: What's the Difference?
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Patent Assignment: What Is It?
A patent assignment is a part of how to patent and idea and is an irrevocable agreement for a patent owner to sell, give away, or transfer his or her interest to an assignee, who can benefit from and enforce the patent. The assignee receives the original owner's interest and gains the exclusive rights to the intellectual property. He or she can sue others for making or selling the invention or design.
There are four types of patent assignments:
Assignment of Rights - Patent Issued: This is for patents that have already been issued.
Assignment of Rights - Patent Application: This is for patents still in the application process. After filing this form, the assignee can be listed as the patent applicant.
Assignment of Intellectual Pr
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What Does a Software Patent Cost?
A software patent will cost anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000 and possibly upwards of $10,000 in patent lawyer legal fees. According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the median cost for a software patent is $10,000 and include the filing fees for the patent application.
For a provisional software patent, you might pay between $1,500 and $2,000. A provisional patent application is only the first step in receiving a software patent.
An UpCounsel patent attorney, who has an average of 14 years of experience and has been pre-screened as the top 5% of lawyers, charges between $6,000 and $9,000 for a software patent application. Our platform allows you to save upwards of 60% on legal fees in comparison to large law firms.
What Is a Software Patent?
A software patent is put into place to protect your idea from i
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Patent Requirements: What Are They?
Patent requirements are an important part of how to patent your idea that uses four tests to see if your invention or design is eligible to be patented:
- It is statutory?
- Is it new?
- Is it useful?
- Is it non-obvious?
These four patent requirements are also known as patentability requirements and patent eligibility. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) establishes these guidelines. If your design or invention passes all four tests, it meets patent requirements.
Steps to Assess Patent Requirements
A provisional patent application is for utility pa
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What Are International Patent Applications?
International patent applications, called a PCT application, is part of how to patent an idea and is the first step in letting you get exclusive rights to your inventions in countries around the world. These patents offer more protection than a patent in the United States alone. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) administers the PCT. This patent application gives you protection for inventions in over 150 nations around the globe.
Reasons to Consider Not Using International Patent Applications
Incomplete Coverage: A PCT application only gives you access to patent protection in 151 countries. That means you won't have patent protection in 45 remaining nations. You may nee