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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Mansfield Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Mansfield 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 Mansfield 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 Licensing Agreement?
A licensing agreement, or license agreement, is a deal between the owner of a patent, brand, or trademark and someone who wants to use the patented or trademarked goods and services. The license grants permission to the licensee and includes stipulations. The licensee must honor these guidelines. One of the rules in the licensing agreement is usually a financial arrangement to pay for use of the license.
What Are the Elements of a Standard Licensing Agreement?
Most licensing agreements have standard clauses to cover the issues that arise most often in licensing negotiations. These clauses include the following:
- Contract length: A licensing agreement has a start date and an end date. One party usually prefers a longer contract than the other. Thus, renewal rules are also included.
- Dispute resolution: This is a standard clause that discusses terms in the even
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What Is Patent Pending Infringement?
As soon as you file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), your invention is "Patent Pending." Once your application is submitted, nobody can steal, sell, or use your invention without your permission. If this happens, they are infringing on your patent, assuming it gets issued. However, you cannot sue until your patent gets issued.
Say you invent something and want to sell it. You need to apply for a patent to prevent others from stealing your work and using it as their own. A patent is the only way to stop others from infringing on your work. The sooner you file a patent application, the better. You are protected from patent pending infringement from the day that your application is submitted.
Inventors in the U.S. used to worry that others could steal their work during the period between filing a pat
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Design Patent Drawings: What Are They?
Design patent drawings are illustrations of a manufactured object's design. They're used in design patent applications. They must include detailed information about any contours, shape, material texture, properties, and proportions. Design patent drawings must clearly show every feature visible during use. No part of the object's design should be left to the imagination. Drawings should include shading that indicates surface characteristics. The shaded areas can depict transparent, solid, and open areas.
Include Every Possible View
When creating design patent drawings, the inventor must include all views of the object's design. If you're in doubt about whether to include it, err on the side of too much. Provide images of the front, top, bottom, back, left, and right. Even if the back isn't seen by a regular user, it
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What Is the Patent Pending Process?
The patent pending process means you've filed a patent application that's now pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The office is also called the U.S. Patent Office or the USPTO. Another term for your invention is intellectual property.
Getting funds for an invention requires talking about it. But many inventors don't want to discuss their invention because they may lose patent rights to it, or someone might steal their idea. In the U.S., you have one year to file a patent application after you first publicly discuss the invention. That's why many inventors quickly file a utility patent application. Once you file an application, your invention is in the patent pending process.
When an invention is patent pending, the USPTO has neither granted the patent to the applicant nor has it listed it as abandoned. The patent pe
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What Is a Post Grant Review?
A post grant review is a way of questioning a patent's validity recently issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The America Invents Act (AIA) created it as a counterpart to inter partes review. Together, they replace the inter partes re-examination. A post grant review is available immediately after the patent has been issued. An inter partes review becomes available after the post grant review period has passed.
Post Grant Proceedings
The post grant review process was designed to allow the proceeds to be quick. The Director needs to set the rules that explain how long the proceedings will last within one year from the start of the proceedings. If the Director can show sufficient cause, he or she can set the rules within 18 months.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) initially handles post grant review proceedings. They bypass the patent office examiners at t