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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Milwaukee Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee 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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How Long Does Patent Pending Last: What Is the Process?
Patent pending starts from the time you submit a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It ends when they grant or deny you a patent. Most applications are pending for one to three years. However, it can take three to five years or longer for applications involving software or electronics.
The patent pending process begins the moment the USPTO receives your patent application. It can be a provisional or non-provisional application that starts the patent pending process. The process continues until the USPTO issues a patent or denies your application. But it can also end if you abandon your application. The length of patent pending depends on the backlog at the USPTO and the complexity of the application.
How to Get a Patent Pending
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What Is Patentable Subject Matter?
Patentable subject matter, also known as patent eligibility, refers to an invention that meets the standards set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to receive patent protection. Statutory law, per §35 U.S.C. 101, defines patentable subject matter in the following way: "Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title."
To qualify as patentable subject matter, an invention has to satisfy two criteria: one statutory, one judicial. First, as §35 U.S.C. 101 requires, the subject matter of the invention must fall into the category of process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter. Second, that subject matter cannot fall within an exception recognized by the courts; namely, laws of nature,
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What Is Patent Drawing Software?
Patent drawing software is a type of computer program that allows the user to easily create diagrams, flowcharts, engineering schematics, and computer-aided drafts. Inventors can then use these to illustrate their patent applications for presentation to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Also, the software can help to create 3D renderings and virtual prototypes to capture the attention of potential partner companies and licensees.
To adequately illustrate the scope of the invention, patent drawing software shows aspects such:
- The particular components of the invention and how they fit together
- The internal workings of the invention
- Numbered figures that describe each piece of the invention
In most cases, patent attorneys suggest several drawings to accompany the patent idea. These drawin
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How Do You Patent a Name?
You may be interested in learning how to patent a name in addition to how to patent an idea, however, you cannot patent a name. Instead, you can trademark it by filing an application online at www.uspto.gov. It takes about 90 minutes, costs range between $275 and $325, and you will need to check the Trademark Electronic Search System to make sure the name is not already taken.
There are certain professions or businesses where the name of the owner becomes the identity of the brand. The business services provided by actors, professional athletes, performers, fashion designers etc. are identified almost exclusively by their names. In this sense, it is important for people in such professions to make sure that their names are protected.
Compared to registering a word, getting a trademark for a name is diffic
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What Are Patent Drawings?
Patent drawings are a set of illustrations showing the precisely detailed features of an invention submitted during the patent application process. The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) requires that every patent application is submitted with at least one patent drawing of the proposed invention when an illustration is necessary to fully understand the invention. Patient drawings have changed over the years, but the USPTO has strict drawing rules that inventors must follow. The official record includes patent illustrations that aprinted and published in a uniform style on flexible white paper.
Why Do You Need to Know About Patent Drawings?
For inventors, drafting a patent application requires describing the invention in as much detail as possible. Without specific descriptions, an inventor loses the chance to get a patent ap