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Our experienced Naperville 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 Naperville 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 MPEP Intended Uses?
MPEP stands for the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, which is a manual published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to help patent attorneys, agents, and patent examiners better understand patent law. The concept of "intended use" is the description of an invention by what it does (its function) rather than what it is (its structure), an important distinction in patent law.
Why Are MPEP Intended Uses Important?
MPEP explains all of the laws and regulations that need to be followed when examining U.S. patent applications. It explains the application along with a large variety of situations so that each of the people using it can interpret how they should proceed with the patent application, especially as it concerns function versus structure.
MPEP Intended Use (Functional) Limitations
There is nothing wrong with defining some part of an invention in functional ter
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What Is a Patent Keyword Search?
A patent keyword search is a type of patent search that helps you locate patents similar to your invention by looking up keywords in various patent databases. By doing a patent keyword search, you get a good sense of whether your invention can be patented or a competing patent already exists. You can only get a patent for an invention no one has thought of before.
It is important to remember that just because you have never seen something like your invention does not mean you are the first person to think of it.
Why Is a Patent Keyword Search Important?
A patent keyword search is an important step in preparing your patent application. This kind of research helps you do several things:
- Find previous patents or information that might show someone else already thought of your invention.
- Find out who owns
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What Does Patent Pending Mean?
Patent pending means that an application has been submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). When you submit an application for a utility, design, or plant patent, the USPTO issues a patent pending serial number, which serves to alert competitors and the public that you are in the process of seeking a patent on your invention.
The patent pending status does not protect the invention, and you can't sue for infringement if someone copies your idea. You only get full legal protection on your idea once the USPTO approves the patent. So, once you receive approval for your patent application, you can take legal action agai
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Utility Patent Example: What Is It?
Utility patent examples can be helpful tools for completing either a non-provisional or a provisional patent application. There are many of both types of patent application templates available online for public use.
A utility patent protects an inventor's intellectual property. It is the most common type of patent issued. It protects the way an invention works. Anyone who creates an entirely new machine, process, chemical compound, manufactured product, material composition, or method can apply for a utility patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) also issues utility patents for functional improvements to existing inventions. These must be considered non-obvious, useful, and new.
Utility patents are further subdivided into three categories based on the invention's function:
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What Are Patent Rights?
Patent rights are a set of intellectual property and financial rights that the government grants to inventors for a certain period of time when a patent is filed to protect against patent infringement.
There are three types of patents available in the United States:
- Utility Patent — covers a product or process's functional aspects
- Design Patent — covers the overall design of useful objects
- Plant Patent — covers new varieties of living plants
Sometimes, intellectual property law can be an unclear field. Disagreements happen when inventors, courts, citizens, and researchers debate if things such as hu