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Our experienced Hartford 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 Hartford 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 a Patent Application Search?
A patent application search is a step in the process of applying for a patent. To do this, you must search the database of existing patents to make sure your idea qualifies for patent protection. If your invention has already been patented, you won't receive a patent so there is no point in wasting time and money to apply.
The first step to apply for a patent is to make sure that someone else hasn't already secured protection on the same idea. The patent process can cost more than $10,000. While a patent application search isn't a necessary step, it is highly recommended. When you conduct a thorough search, you can highlight any differences between prior art that you found when submitting your application. You could also save a lot of time and money that would be wasted if you apply for a patent on something that is already listed in the patent database.
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What is a Patent Pending Search?
A patent pending search is a type of patent search that looks for patent applications that may affect whether your invention qualifies for a patent. Patent applications are not published until 18 months after they are submitted. Provisional patent applications are never published. Therefore, it is impossible for a patent pending search to be completely thorough.
Why Is a Patent Pending Search Important?
Even though a patent pending search can't provide you information about all existing inventions that relate to yours, the search is still important. It can give you insight into what your competitors are doing and ideas on how you can improve your invention. It can also tell you if there is any "white space" in your industry, meaning it that will let you know if there are any gaps where your invention might fit in.
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What is Trademark vs. Patent?
A trademark protects a symbol, name, word, logo, or design used to represent the manufacturer of goods. A patent gives property rights to an inventor for a new product, preventing others from making an identical product. Many companies use both to protect intellectual property, although the two are not interchangeable.
What sets a trademark apart from other legal protections is that it only covers a single mark. That protection might be part of a logo, a symbol, a phrase, a word, or a design. But a trademark does not extend any protection to the products manufactured by the company that owns it. Another business or person can legally produce the same goods or offer the same services unless
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Utility Patent Example: What Is It?
Utility patent examples can be helpful tools for completing either a non-provisional or a provisional patent application. There are many of both types of patent application templates available online for public use.
A utility patent protects an inventor's intellectual property. It is the most common type of patent issued. It protects the way an invention works. Anyone who creates an entirely new machine, process, chemical compound, manufactured product, material composition, or method can apply for a utility patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) also issues utility patents for functional improvements to existing inventions. These must be considered non-obvious, useful, and new.
Utility patents are further subdivided into three categories based on the invention's function:
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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