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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand New Bedford Patent Attorneys
Our experienced New Bedford 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 New Bedford 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 Can Be Patented?
An invention can be patented if it has a useful purpose, has patentable subject matter, is novel, and is non-obvious. The patent could cover a composition, production process, machine, tool, new plant species, or an upgrade to an existing invention. Inventors must meet certain government guidelines to get a patent.
What Requirements Must a Person Satisfy to Get a Patent?
To get a patent, the person's invention must meet four requirements:
- The invention must have a useful purpose.
- The invention must meet the legal definition of "novel."
- The invention can't be something that anyone could invent.
- The invention must have patentable subject matter.
Government rules for patents ask certain things of the applicant. They need to show or describe the invention in a way that a patent officer can understand. They don't need a prototype to
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What Is a Food Patent?
A food patent is a type of utility patent that covers edible products and food-related processes and compositions. The federal government tries to encourage innovation in all fields, including cooking, by granting patents through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Food patents can be lucrative. Inventors of new recipes with significant appeal should apply for a patent.
Can a Person Patent a Food or Recipe?
Patent Class 426 allows for the patenting of foods and recipes. The language of this rule covers foods and edible materials. The law views food as a composition of matter, which is one of the categories eligible for patents.
An inventor can create a new composition that alters the structure in an innovative way. In other words, a chef can prove originality by crafting a recipe that no one else has ever made before. It still has to meet the same criteria for patents as anything else:
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What Is the Inventive Step?
The inventive step is used to find out if the patent is in fact for a new item or just an obvious improvement on an existing item. Inventive steps make sure patents aren't awarded to existing inventions that the "inventor" just improved upon. These patents could allow someone to make money off of an item just because they tweaked it. This patent could also allow them to sue companies that improve their own processes just because they made small changes as well.
The applicant must prove that the improvement isn't obvious to people within the industry and that there are actually improvements that come with patenting the idea.
One of the key words when talking about the inventive step is "obvious." Many people also refer to the inventive step as the "non-obviousness clause." The EPO defines this as going beyond the expectations of technology, instead of just following the next natural ste
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What Are International Patent Applications?
International patent applications, called a PCT application, is part of how to patent an idea and is the first step in letting you get exclusive rights to your inventions in countries around the world. These patents offer more protection than a patent in the United States alone. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) administers the PCT. This patent application gives you protection for inventions in over 150 nations around the globe.
Reasons to Consider Not Using International Patent Applications
Incomplete Coverage: A PCT application only gives you access to patent protection in 151 countries. That means you won't have patent protection in 45 remaining nations. You may nee
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What Is a Non-Provisional Patent?
A non-provisional patent application requests the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to issue a utility patent. This type of patent protects intellectual property rights for anything novel, useful, and non-obvious:
- Processes and systems;
- Chemical compounds or compositions of matter; or
- Improvements on pre-existing patents.
Non-Provisional Patents: What Are They?
Also known as a utility patent application, a non-provisional patent application leads the way to a utility patent issue. This type of patent:
- Can cover electrical, mechanical, or chemical inventions.
- Can protect an inventor's rights to make, use, and sell an in