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Our experienced Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove 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 Are the Different Types of Patents?
- Utility patents: These are patents that cover how a product or process functions. For instance, you can get a utility patent to cover your new hair dryer invention. Utility patents last for 20 years.
- Design patents: A design patent covers how a product looks. It has nothing to do with the product's usefulness, but you can only get a design patent for a useful product or process. Design patents last for 14 years.
- Plant patents: If you create a new species of plant, a plant patent prevents other people or companies from breeding it. Like utility patents, they last for 20 years.
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What Is a Terminal Disclaimer?
A terminal disclaimer is a type of limit on a patent. If an inventor has an invention he or she has a patent for, the inventor might make small changes to the invention and file a patent for the same invention with these changes. If the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives a second patent to the inventor, the second patent will have a terminal disclaimer attached.
The terminal disclaimer means the second patent expires when the first patent does. It also means the inventor can only enforce the second patent if he or she owns both patents. If the inventor sells the first patent, he or she can't enforce the second one.
Why Is a Terminal Disclaimer Important?
Usually, if you're an inventor you can't file a second patent on the sam
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How long does a patent pending last? This phase of the patent process can last from one to three years, or longer depending on the complexity of your invention. Software or electronics applications are often patent pending for five years or more. This period starts when you submit either a provisional or non-provisional patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It ends when they grant or deny you a patent. The application backlog at the USPTO and the complexity of your application also affect how long your patent is pending.
How to Get a Patent Pending
The cheapest way to get a patent pending is to file a provisional patent application (PPA). Congress set up this option to help inventors. The cost of a PPA ranges from $65 for micro-entities, to $139 for small entities, and up to $260 for large entities. The PPA does not put your application in front of an examiner. It's a placeholder that gives you one year to file a regular patent
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How Much Does a Design Patent Cost?
The basic filing fee for a design patent application is $760 for a large entity. A small entity's fee is $380, while a micro-entity's fee is $190. If you hire a patent lawyer to assist with preparing documents and filing the design patent application, the cost could be around $1,500-$3,000.
The cost of a design patent is much less than the cost to get a utility patent. There are a few reasons that inventors and designers opt for design patents instead of or along with utility patents.
Utility patents cover the way a manufactured product is used and works, while a design patent pro
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Provisional Patent Template: What Is It?
A provisional patent template is an outline you can use to complete your provisional patent application correctly. When a provisional patent application is done poorly, it could result in your invention being rejected at the Patent Office. A well-written template will help you cover all your bases when starting the patent process, even without the help of a lawyer.
A template gives you a solid place to start, and it can essentially guide you toward researching all the necessary information. Since the USPTO doesn't offer a standard form or template for submi