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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Kansas City Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Kansas City 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 Kansas City 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 the Patent Assignment Database?
The Patent Assignment Database has all recorded patent information from August 1980 until now. Any time someone adds information to one of the patent records, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) adds it to the database. However, it doesn't check to make sure that the new information is correct.
How Do Patent Assignments Work?
Assignments offer flexibility. Different people can acquire different rights to a patent. One person could have the patent assignment, but a prior owner could keep a license to use the technology for free.
An interested party could only look at these documents at the USPTO. They're not available online. The best practice is for the owner of a patent to show all current and previous assignments. This is a chain of title that starts with the inventor. The most recent entry should be the current owner.
Each license agreement should also have a re
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Patent Description: What Is It?
A patent description is a part of how you patent an idea that explains the invention, design, or plant you've developed and forms an essential part of your patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The patent description should include everything that makes your invention new. It must also include the information necessary for an average person to make your invention.
Together with the claims component, a patent description is known as the specification. A patent description includes the following sections:
- Title: This label explains your invention or design in a straightforward way.
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What Is a Provisional Patent Search?
You can't do a provisional patent search online since they aren't published. That's because provisional applications do not yet hold any patent rights; they're just used to get a priority patent filing date. More than that, reading a provisional patent wouldn't do you much good since the patent hasn't yet gone through the whole patent process. That's why you should search for issued and pending patents rather than provisional patents.
You can search for issued or pending patents before submitting your own patent application to see if there's anything related to your invention in the public domain or currently protected by patent law. You also need to review documents and drawings of existing patents to find similar concepts.
A patent search keeps you from wasting time and money on an invention that may be diff
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What Is a Patent Number?
A patent number is an identifier assigned by a patent office and is used often in a patent search. The format depends on the issuing office, the type of patent, and when the patent was issued.
Patent numbers may contain a combination of several pieces of information:
- The year the patent was issued
- The number of the patent
- One or more kind codes, which provide more information about the patent
- In the United States, issued patents generally begin with "US." That is followed by the one-to-seven-digit patent number. The last part is a kind code. Each part is separated by a hyphen.
- A U.S. Design patent number starts with a "D" or the letters "Des."
- Some U.S. patent applications are published. A published patent application recei
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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