Milwaukee Patent Attorneys & Lawyers
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Shawn G. Rice
Milwaukee Patent Lawyers
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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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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
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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
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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 difficult. You need to prov
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How long does a patent pending last? This phase of the patent process can last from one to three years, or longer depending on the complexity of your invention. Software or electronics applications are often patent pending for five years or more. This period starts when you submit either a provisional or non-provisional patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It ends when they grant or deny you a patent. The application backlog at the USPTO and the complexity of your application also affect how long your patent is pending.
How to Get a Patent Pending
The cheapest way to get a patent pending is to file a provisional patent application (PPA). Congress set up this option to help inventors. The cost of a PPA ranges from $65 for micro-entities, to $139 for small entities, and up to $260 for large entities. The PPA does not put your application in front of an examiner. It's a placeholder that gives you one
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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 wo