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Our experienced Copperas Cove 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 Copperas Cove 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 Act: What Is It?
The PATENT Act is an act passed by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on June 4, 2015, to help regulate the abusive behavior of patent trolls and improve patent litigation.
The PATENT Act or Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 brought about a lot of necessary reforms to U.S. patent law. The PATENT Act was sponsored by Senators Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Schumer, Lee, Hatch, and Klobuchar.
The PATENT Act was supported by members of both parties, making it easy to pass. Section 1 of the PATENT Act is the title and table of contents. Section 2 has the definitions of key terms. Sections 3-12 include the changes that the PATENT Act makes to the patent laws. Those changes include:
New regulation of cease-and-desist letters. The letters now require that the allegedly infringed upon patent be identified by at least one claim.
Sending lots of "bad faith" de
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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 Is a Design Patent?
Knowing how to patent a design is a part of our how to patent an idea series.
A design patent gives you legal claim to your original design, the ability to use and sell it, and the right to profit from the unique look of an object. If you want to patent a design you can file a Design Patent Application With the USPTO.
Design patents only protect the look of an object. They aren't the same as utility patents, which cover how objects work and how they're used. A design has to meet some basic requirements to qualify for a patent:
It doesn't affect the function of an object.
It is integral to an object and can't be removed.
How to Patent a Design
1. Decide Whether to Hire a Design Patent Attorney
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What Is the Inventive Step?
The inventive step is used to find out if the patent is in fact for a new item or just an obvious improvement on an existing item. Inventive steps make sure patents aren't awarded to existing inventions that the "inventor" just improved upon. These patents could allow someone to make money off of an item just because they tweaked it. This patent could also allow them to sue companies that improve their own processes just because they made small changes as well.
The applicant must prove that the improvement isn't obvious to people within the industry and that there are actually improvements that come with patenting the idea.
One of the key words when talking about the inventive step is "obvious." Many people also refer to the inventive step as the "non-obviousness clause." The EPO defines this as going beyond the expectations of technology, instead of just following the next natural ste
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What is a Software Patent?
A software patent is a property right that protects computer programs or any performance of a computer from computer programs. A software patent is considered a type of utility patent with no true legal definition. Software patents are a topic of controversy both in the United states and around the world.
A software patent differs from a software copyright. Both protect the product, but a copyright only covers the expression of an idea. For example, it might cover only the exact written code of a software program. Software patents and software copyrights are both a part of intellectual property law.
According to US law, software (sometimes legally called computer implemented processes) is a patentable item. However, like any other invention, the software must meet certain criteria.
- There is an industrial