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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Greenville Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Greenville 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 Greenville 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 Novelty in Patent Law?
When learning how to patent an idea, the inventor needs to consider novelty which is one of three standards an invention must meet to be considered patentable by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
An invention must be novel (new), useful, and non-obvious in order to be granted a patent. The invention can't be prior art, which includes anything found in printed media or described in a patent application. If the invention is deemed prior art, the submitted patent cannot be protected.
In the U.S. (a "relative novelty" country), there is a grace period of up to one year from the original date of public disclosure. That means even after you publish or begin selling your invention, you have one year to file for a patent. If filing for a patent, this one-year period is not part of the novelty consideration, and novel
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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 Are Utility Patent Requirements
To meet utility patent requirements, inventions must be novel, not obvious, statutory, and useful. They must also meet the United States Patent and Trademark Office's written description, enablement, and best mode requirements. Utility patent requirements are more stiff than other types of patents, but they also offer the strongest protection. Inventors who hold a utility patent can stop other people and companies from making, using, importing, and selling their inventions.
Meeting the Novelty Requirement
An invention is novel if it's different from other products in the marketplace, which are known as prior art. Prior art includes:
- Publications and patents published before anyone developed the invention
- Some patent applications filed before the inventor filed a patent
- An invention that has an
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How to Patent a Phrase
While you can learn how to patent an idea here, unfortunately, it is not possible to patent a phrase. Instead, you can trademark a phrase by registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before registering, someone looking to trademark a phrase would need to make sure that it is available and not currently trademarked by anyone else.
Individuals and businesses can trademark any phrase, which has a secondary meaning that connects to a product or service.
Reasons to Trademark Your Phrase
- It helps you create unique marketing materials. A phrase can be an important part of your long-term marketing strategy. However, if your competitors profit from it, your phrase will quickly lose its value. This includes "catch phrases," which gain popularity through their use by a person, o
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What is a Design Patent Term?
The design patent term is 15 years from the date you file an application. In 2015, the design patent term changed from 14 years to 15 years. The longer term applies to any applications filed on or after May 13, 2015. Be aware, however, that some websites report that the change began effective December 18, 2013. The confusion based on the Federal Register's original announcement that the change would be effective on the later of December 19, 2013 or three months after the US deposited a paper at WIPO in relation to the Hague Convention. It wasn't until February 13, 2015 that the deposit was finally completed, which means that he change did not take place until three months after, making it May 13, 2015.
Design patent holders and applicants along with legal experts worked to present the case to extend the design patent term. Several years