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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Hot Springs National Park Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Hot Springs National Park 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 Hot Springs National Park 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 Pending?
"Patent pending" or "patent applied for" is a label on your invention that offers some legal protection after you have filed a provisional or non-provisional (regular) patent application. The person or entity that files a patent application has patent pending status until the patent issues or the application is abandoned.
You can use the patent pending label in these situations:
A provisional, utility, or design patent application has been filed with the USPTO
An Office Action has been sent from the USPTO within the last 6 months
A Notice of Allowance has been sent from the USPTO and you have paid the issue fee, but the USPTO has not issued the patent yet
What Kind of Protection Does a Provisional Patent Application Provide?
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What Is the Bayh-Dole Act?
The Bayh-Dole Act gave universities, non-profits, and other small businesses the ability to earn patents to inventions. This law settled a longstanding issue about the patenting of federally-funded projects.
What's the History of the Bayh-Dole Act?
The P.L. 96-517, formally known as the Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980, added a new official policy for the granting of patents in the United States.
Birch Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Bob Dole, a Republican from Kansas, crossed party lines to work together to write this legislation. The Economist deems the law so important that the magazine famously called it "innovation's golden goose."
Congress ratified this law due to a perceived need for a uniform patent policy throughout federally-funded research facilities. The belief was that the lack of reliable technology transfers had slowed down the pace of innovations in the Un
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What Is Patent Term Adjustment?
Patent term adjustment (PTA) is a process carried out by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that adds days to a patent's lifespan based on delays that occur from the USPTO during the patenting process.
A typical patent has a twenty-year term from the date that the patent is filed. Congress realized that the process for patent prosecution was taking a long time and eating into the lifespan of the patent, so they provided PTA as a way to increase the term of certain patents.
Patent Term Adjustment is calculated using the rules formed under the Patent Term Guarantee Act of 1999. It is calculated based on examiner and applicant delays during patent prosecution.
Patent Term Guarantees
- The rules promise to reimburse an applicant for the patent term lost due to prosecution delays caused by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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What Are Patents and Trademarks?
Patents, typically utility patents, and trademarks both protect types of intellectual property. A patent protects the products, while trademarks protect the brand and images of that product.
What is Trademark Protection?
A trademark is often used by a business to protect a specific word, design, or symbol that is tied to the company. Most companies trademark their brand names, products, and logos to prevent copycats or confusion. For example, the Nike swoosh is trademarked to make sure of the quality of the product that it's printed on, and the logo can't be used without approval from Nike itself.
Most companies – like Nike – have written rules for how trademarks can be used (like its size and colors) and what products they can be used with. If those rules aren't followed, the trademark owner can go to court or re
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What Is Startup Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) for startups includes using copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Safeguarding IP is much easier in the beginning phases of your business than after those ideas have become successful. IP protection puts legal checks on your competition, preventing others from infringing on and profiting from your property. A sound IP strategy from the beginning can also help attract investors, suppliers, partners, and more because this form of protection offers more security with any potential success.
Typically, startups seek protection for inventions, logos, business names, and software. Different types of IP protection apply to t