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Our experienced Hammond 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 Hammond 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 Patent Drawing Software?
Patent drawing software is a type of computer program that allows the user to easily create diagrams, flowcharts, engineering schematics, and computer-aided drafts. Inventors can then use these to illustrate their patent applications for presentation to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Also, the software can help to create 3D renderings and virtual prototypes to capture the attention of potential partner companies and licensees.
To adequately illustrate the scope of the invention, patent drawing software shows aspects such:
- The particular components of the invention and how they fit together
- The internal workings of the invention
- Numbered figures that describe each piece of the invention
In most cases, patent attorneys suggest several drawings to accompany the patent idea. These drawin
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What Is the Patent Prosecution Highway?
The Patent Prosecution Highway speeds up the patent application process by allowing different patent offices to share information. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has set up agreements with more than 30 offices in 22 nations. Many patents need approval in different countries. An applicant can get the same information about a patent to any participating country.
How Does the Patent Prosecution Highway Work?
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What Is Non-Obvious?
Non-obvious is a requirement for patent protection that literally means your invention is not obvious to someone who is in the same industry. A new invention needs to be unexpected or surprising and cannot be anticipated by looking at the existing technology or prior art. If an invention is non-obvious, then it cannot be disqualified by obviousness from being patentable.
What Is Patentable Subject Matter?
A lot of people think that they can patent anything. The truth is that only certain allowable subject matter can actually be patented, including:
- Process - the method of doing something
- Machine - a new machine that can do something not previously done before
- Article of manufacture - physical items like pencils or chairs
- Composition of matter - the ingredients in certain thing
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What Is a Design Patent Search?
A design patent search involves searching existing patents to make sure your design has not already been patented. A design patent is available for original, new, and ornamental designs for an item. It lasts for 14 years from the filing date. It also allows an inventor to create a new way to design an existing product. The design patent protects this unique design without changing the patent on the item.
There are a few common areas that design patents exist, although you can find them across just about every industry. The most common are furniture, hardware, tools, food preparation, sporting goods, toys, games, and communication equipment.
A design patent is often confusing because inventors aren't sure if they need this or a utility patent. The main difference is that a utility patent covers the entire product, while a design patent only protec
Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual: What Is It?
The Acceptable Identification of Goods and Service Manual is the guide put out by the United States Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO that describes the appropriate terms to use when describing goods and services on a trademark application that is filed with the USPTO.
Acceptable identification of goods and services is part of the trademark application process through the USPTO. The section requires the applicant to describe any goods and services that are being registered with clear or concise language.
Though the list given in the Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual isn't exhaustive, it is more extensive than the alphabetical list that's given under the Nice Classification.
The Acceptable Identification of Goods and Service Manual is intended to be a guide in preparing trademark applications.
Why Is Acceptable Identification of Good