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Our experienced Marysville 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 Marysville 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 Are the Dangers of Selling a Patent Pending Product?
Applying for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and getting a patent pending does not legally protect you from infringement. There is still the danger that someone will copy your invention and sell it as their own. Protection comes after your patent issues. You must be careful when presenting your invention to others to minimize your risks.
The biggest danger of selling a patent pending product is infringement. You do not need a patent to sell a product. However, it does help protect you from infringers. People do not want to spend the money to copy your product if they know there is the potential for a lawsuit.
That's why it is always better to get patent pending status for a product before going to market. This does not always stop an infringer. However, it gives you a means to sue for damages i
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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
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What Are Utility Patent Requirements
To meet utility patent requirements, inventions must be novel, not obvious, statutory, and useful. They must also meet the United States Patent and Trademark Office's written description, enablement, and best mode requirements. Utility patent requirements are more stiff than other types of patents, but they also offer the strongest protection. Inventors who hold a utility patent can stop other people and companies from making, using, importing, and selling their inventions.
Meeting the Novelty Requirement
An invention is novel if it's different from other products in the marketplace, which are known as prior art. Prior art includes:
- Publications and patents published before anyone developed the invention
- Some patent applications filed before the inventor filed a patent
- An invention that has an
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What Are Patent Kind Codes?
Patent kind codes let you figure out what type of patent document you're looking at. The patent kind codes are on the patent, either in PDF or in print, on the right of the patent number. Patent codes are a letter, sometimes followed by a number.
What Is a Patent?
A patent is a way to protect your intellectual property or invention. When you have a patent, you're the only one allowed to sell, make, use, or import your invention. Your patent is only valid in the country where you got it. The usual term for a patent is 20 years from when you file the application. However, your patent can be deemed invalid because of court cases or other issues.
To read a U.S. patent number, you'll need to understand three parts:
- First, the country code, which is two characters. For the United States, it is US.
- Second, the patent/publication number. Patent applications will in
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What Is Ex Parte Reexamination?
Ex parte reexamination is a tool that allows a patent owner or a third party to lodge a request for the United States Patent Office (USPTO) to reexamine an already-granted patent based on other patents and publications that they bring to the USPTO's attention.
An ex parte reexamination can be requested at any time during the enforceability of the patent. The requester needs to establish that the prior art creates a substantial and new question of patentability (SNQ). The reexamination is conducted in front of a panel of three experienced examiners within a specialized unit of the USPTO called the central reexamination unit (CRU).
Ex parte reexamination proceedings involve only the patent owner and the USPTO. After the request is filed, the third-party requester is removed from further involvement unless the patent owner files a statement seeking to rebut their assertions.
Requests for continued e