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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Easley Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Easley 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 Easley 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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Patents: What Are They?
Understanding how to patent something is a part of knowing how to patent an idea. Patents are legal documents that describe, illustrate, and register your original invention, design, or discovery. There are four types of patents:
- Utility Patents: These cover things like machines, processes, and systems.
- Design Patents: These cover manufacturer designs and the way things look.
- Plant Patents: These cover plant discoveries, developments, or reproductions.
- Provisional Patents: These are preliminary patents that create a record of your idea while you work to develop it. They also allow you to claim "patent pending" status. You can convert this to a full utility, design, or plant patent within one year of filing.
Why Are Patent
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Patent Fees: What Are They?
Patent fees relate to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) standard costs for processing patent searches, patent examinations, provisional patent applications, utility patent applications, patent issue, patent maintenance, and appeals.
The patent office charges fees for every action it performs. A standard fee schedule shows the amount you owe. The complete schedule includes the costs for every type of patent and trademark filing. It also includes fees for maintenance, appeals, and other services.
Why Are Patent Office Fees Important?
The USPTO plays an important role in innovation and job creation in the U.S. Over time, several pieces of legislation have been introduced to improve the patent office's power and funding.
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Utility Patent Application: What Is It?
Utility patent applications offer intellectual property protection and give you exclusive rights to prevent others from making, selling, or profiting from your original invention. Utility patents are the most common type of patent, others being design patents, plant patents, and more. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues utility patents.
To be patentable, an invention has to meet patent requirements. It must be novel, useful, non-obvious, and not previously disclosed. Utility patents cover the functional aspects of several types of inventions:
- Machines: This includes products with moving parts.
- Manufactured Articles:
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Continued Prosecution Application: What Is It?
A continued prosecution application is filed when a design patent application is denied. It helps an applicant who believes he or she has a strong case for a design patent. The continued prosecution application can continue the process of getting a patent. When approved, the application goes to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.
In other patent applications, a similar process is a Request for Continued Examination. This is one area that sets design patent applications apart from utility patent applications, as only design patent applications have the option for a continued prosecution application.
History of Continued Prosecution Applications
In mid-2003, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) got rid of continued prosecution applications. This only applies to utility and plant patents. In e
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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