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Our experienced Morgantown 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 Morgantown 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 On-Sale Bar?
On-sale bar is a statutory bar found in Section 102 of the United States Patent Act and can make a patent invalid if the claimed invention has been the subject of an offer for sale or commercial sale and the invention is ready to be patented. Other countries have different requirements around private and public sales of patentable ideas, so putting an idea or product up for sale could prevent you from obtaining a patent outside of the U.S. as well.
If you don't file for patent protection with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) before putting the idea up for commercial sale, you will lose the opportunity to patent your idea at all. Furthermore, if someone else files a patent application before you do, that person could receive the patent. USPTO reviewers look at the filing date more than the date the product or invention was first u
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What Does Inducing Infringement Mean?
Inducing infringement means that a party is responsible for someone copying an idea without permission which can take the form of a trademark, copyright, or patent infringement. The party didn't do the infringing, but the infringement is still their fault.
For example, let's say someone invents a self-inflating balloon and then patents it. The inventor then sells the patent to a major company, and now the balloon is sold in every department store. Years later, the inventor says he still owns the patent and sells it to a different company. Once the second company starts selling self-inflating balloons, the first company can sue it for infringement, and it can sue the inventor for inducing infringement. While he didn't infringe on the patent directly, it's his fault the second company did.
Inducing infringement applies to tra
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What Is Compulsory Licensing?
Compulsory licensing is a government-granted authorization given without the patent holder's permission. It often relates to pharmaceutical patents and other intellectual property (IP).
In normal circumstances, an individual needs permission from a copyright owner to reproduce, perform, or distribute a copyrighted work. With compulsory licenses, however, permission isn't required if the user follows certain rules and pays the appropriate fees. Compulsory licenses are commonly used by webcasters, music companies, cable providers, and streaming services.
The first international trade agreement to incorporate intellectual property law was the World Trade Organization-negotiated Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). While divisive, the TRIPS Agreement struck a balance bet
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What Is Patentability?
Patentability is part of how to patent an idea and consists of three main requirements or criteria under United States patent laws. The invention must be:
Novel means the invention must be new, but it is often more complex than that. No other patent issued throughout the world can have previously described it. Also, no kind of any printed publication can have described it. If the invention is known in the U.S., even without a patent or in a published document that describes it, patentability is not there. Patent laws go into more detail about the art references to the invention.
Further rules and restrictions around the novel criteria include any items related to the invention for sale in the
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Patent Claims: What Are They?
Patent claims explain the limits of what a patent covers, and they're an important part of the patent application you file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent claims usually come last in the order of documents. Together with the description, they are known as the specification.
Patent owners rely on patent claims to protect their intellectual property. If someone makes or sells an invention that has the elements in your claims, you can sue.
All claims should have a few key characteristics:
- Complete: Claims should cover the invention adequately and place it in the right context.
- Clear: Claims shouldn't allow for speculation.
- Supported: The