New Iberia Patent Attorneys & Lawyers
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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand New Iberia Patent Attorneys
Our experienced New Iberia 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 Iberia 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 a Patent?
A patent is a set of exclusive rights governed by a state and granted to an inventor for a set period of time in exchange for the disclosure of the creation. If you have patented an invention, you have developed something special and different.
What Is an Invention?
An invention is a concept or object that is newly created and never made before. However, "What is an invention?" is truly a complicated question today. Another question emerges. What truly makes a thing unique or different from what came before it? The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, as well as the Patent and Trademark Office, have developed specific language to define what makes up a genuine invention.
- 7 min read
Patent Licensing: What Is It?
Patent licensing is part of how to patent an idea and is a revocable agreement between a patent owner and a licensee to transfer interest in a patent to a licensee, who can benefit from and enforce the intellectual property rights.
A patent owner can license or transfer interest in a patent. The licensor gives up the right to the intellectual property, usually for a certain period. During this time, the licensee can make or sell the invention or design. The licensee can also profit from the intellectual property during the license period.
There are two types of patent licenses:
- Exclusive Licenses: These transfer all ownership
- 9 min read
What Are March-In Rights?
March-in rights are rights granted to the federal government. These allow the government to grant patent licenses to other parties or to take licenses for themselves if they helped fund the patent owner's research and development. Such licenses can even be granted to competitors if the government deems it necessary.
Generally speaking, these rights won't be used unless there are some public safety threats that patent owners cannot handle themselves.
March-In Rights: When They're Used
Besides public safety concerns, the government may also grant patent licenses if the patent owner has not taken any practical steps towards executing the patent. They can even remove exclusive patent rights if the patent isn't deemed suitable for public use.
In order to avoid march-in rights, patent holders need to co
- 11 min read
What is a Patent Search?
A patent search verifies that an invention is original by checking patent databases for a similar invention before the inventor spends time and thousands of dollars applying for a patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will reject a patent application if a valid patent already exists for the same invention.
Some entrepreneurs may try to do their own patent search to avoid spending money on hiring an organization that performs patent searches.
However, inventors should be aware of potential problems before conducting a patent search. These include:
Searching for patents is very difficult. Inventors commonly fail to find patents that a professional patent search organization or patent attorney would discover. The search is only as good as the keywords entered, and without experience, inventors
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What Is Inequitable Conduct?
Inequitable conduct is a plea defense for infringement lawsuits. The defendant claims the patent holder intentionally misinformed, misled, or withheld important information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to get a bad patent. If the court rules in favor of this defense, it can void the patent in question.
How Does the Inequitable Conduct Defense Work?
Patents are supposed to encourage people to innovate and invent. They are public information, and in exchange for showing how an invention works, the inventor gets monopoly power for several years. However, many people try to abuse the patent system by getting patents that are too vague or describe inventions that already exist. They can then try to use these patents to get money fr