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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Laurel Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Laurel 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 Laurel 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 Classification Search
A patent classification search is a type of patent search done by searching patent classification schemes in patent databases. Patent applications are classified into classification schemes based on their technical content. These patent applications are assigned classifying symbols or codes that make it easier to search for other patents.
By searching with classification symbols, you are able to do a more precise search of existing patents than if you just searched using keywords. Most systems separate patents into classes, known as the original references, and then smaller subclasses. All of these classes organize patents according to their function, composition, manufacture, and process.
The Origins of Classification Searching
Classification is the original method of patent searching. Long before the days of online databases, copi
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Can You Patent a Process?
Processes are patentable under the U.S. Patent Act if they meet certain criteria. A process patent is a form of utility patent that covers methods of changing the functionality or characteristics of a material during a particular use. The patent-holder is granted exclusive protections and rights to that process for 20 years.
When one patents a business method or, in some cases, a computer program, this is a form of patenting a process. It's now possible to patent subscription-based services, targeted advertising networks, online auction sites, portal sites, email systems, and even discussion forums.
As our society has evolved, intellectual property (IP) issues have evolved along with it. What constitutes IP these days is so much more than the newest machine or physical invention. Today we have genetically modified seeds, new strands of DNA, computer software, chemical formulae, and more. As these issues become more comple
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What Is a Patent?
A patent is a set of exclusive rights governed by a state and granted to an inventor for a set period of time in exchange for the disclosure of the creation. If you have patented an invention, you have developed something special and different.
What Is an Invention?
An invention is a concept or object that is newly created and never made before. However, "What is an invention?" is truly a complicated question today. Another question emerges. What truly makes a thing unique or different from what came before it? The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, as well as the Patent and Trademark Office, have developed specific language to define what makes up a genuine invention.
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Markman Hearing: What Is It?
A Markman hearing is a court hearing in which a judge determines the meaning of disputed words in a patent infringement lawsuit. A Markman hearing is also known as a construction hearing. When a judge determines the meaning of the disputed words, it's called claim construction.
To determine patent infringement, a jury must fully understand the definition of words used in the patent. A patented invention must be described with precise wording on its patent application. This wording and the defined definitions from the Markman hearing is what jurists use to determine if patent infringement has occurred.
The name "Markman hearing" comes from a 1996 Supreme Court case Markman v. Westview Instruments, which decided that judges were better than juries in determining claim construction.
Judge and Jury Responsibilities in a Markman Hearing
In a patent infringement case, the judge a
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How Long Does a Provisional Patent Last
Protections through a provisional patent application are only for one full year from the application filing date. This period is called a "pendency period." During this time the patent process is pending and cannot be extended under any circumstances. If you ignore the deadline without submitting the full non-provisional application, you risk losing the rights to your own invention.
Even though this term is used by inventors and some patent services, there is no such thing as a provisional patent. What the term is referring to is aprovisional patent application (PPA), which is not even a patent at all.
A provisional patent application is often the first step in the patent filing process. Unlike a non-provisional patent application, which comes later, the provisional application is not necessary and won't give your