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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.
The most common types of patents include design (how a product looks), utility (how a product functions), and plant (new plant species) patents. Other types of pat
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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 protects the unique ornamental design. One of the main reasons you might choose a design patent is if you created a new and different design for something that's already patented.
Without a design patent, nothing prevents other companies or individuals
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How Long Does Patent Pending Last: What Is the Process?
Patent pending starts from the time you submit a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It ends when they grant or deny you a patent. Most applications are pending for one to three years. However, it can take three to five years or longer for applications involving software or electronics.
The patent pending process begins the moment the USPTO receives your patent application. It can be a provisional or non-provisional application that starts the patent pending process. The process continues until the USPTO issues a patent or denies your application. But it can also end if you abandon your application. The length of patent pending depends on the backlog at the USPTO and the complexity of the application.
How to Get a Patent Pending
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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
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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 submitting provisional patent applications, you can use your preferred method as long as it meets USPTO patent submission standards.
Why Is a Provisional Patent Template Important?