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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Palm Harbor Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Palm Harbor 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 Palm Harbor 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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Intellectual Property Protection
Intellectual Property Protection. What entrepreneurs and business owners need to know about the basics of intellectual property law to protect their business IP.
Intellectual Property Protection Explained
Entrepreneurs and business owners need to understand the basics of intellectual property (IP) law to best protect their hard-earned creations and ideas from unfair competition. Intellectual property includes distinctive items that you have created and ones that give you an economic benefit.
Seek professional experience from an intellectual property attorney to help your company plan for success and avoid theft of ideas, designs, and other concepts. Since filing and refiling IP applications can get expensive and waste time if done incorrectly, determine what you need to protect when it comes to IP:
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What Are Patents and Trade Secrets?
Trade secrets and patents, typically utility patents, are two of the best resources that companies have to protect their ideas. While patents protect a product for 20 years, trade secrets can legally be copied.
Trade Secrets: What are They?
Trade secrets follow the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). They make up two parts:
They are information that has value from not being widely known.
The company follows reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy.
One example of a trade secret is the recipe for Coca-Cola. If anyone outside of the company knew the recipe, all of Coca-Cola's competitors could make its beverage and sell it – putting the company out of business. There are plenty of myths around this beverage, including the one that no one who makes the product kno
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What is a Patent Troll?
A patent troll is a person or business that buys patents from other companies, files lawsuits against other businesses to blame them for patent infringement, and then profit from the lawsuit instead of producing its own goods or services.
What Do They Do?
Patent trolls typically follow this pattern:
Patent trolls send letters to businesses in distress or other targets and offer to buy their patents.
After the companies sell their patents, the patent trolls find their victims. Their victims can be businesses that might use a process or design that's like the patents they've just bought.
Trolls then threaten to sue those companies for patent infringement.
Patent lawsuits can cost millions of dollars. As a result, companies often pay licensing fees which is often cheaper than fighting the case in court.
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How Much Does it Cost?
A patent can cost from $900 for a do-it-yourself application to between $5,000 and $10,000+ with the help of patent lawyers.
A patent protects an invention and the cost of the process to get the patent will depend on the type of patent (provisional, non-provisional, or utility) and the complexity of the invention.
The Cost of Each Patent Application Type
Before you can think about patent costs, you must come up with a unique product idea that doesn't copy prior art. Prior art is any idea or product that already exists. After you have an original idea, you are ready to file a patent application.
The cost of filing a patent application can usually be divided into three parts: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing fees, lawyer fees, and drawing fees.
When you think about how simple or how complex ideas and inventions can be, you can understand why patents have different costs.
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Why Should You Patent a Mobile App?
When asking "can you patent an app," remember that patenting a mobile phone application is an important part of protecting your intellectual property and allowing you to seek damage for infringement.
Nearly everyone has a smartphone with mobile applications. Mobile apps are one of the fasting growing segments of the software sector. This makes many people wonder if they can patent a mobile app. In most circumstances, you can. However, there are some limitations.
An app can be patented because it is part of the methods of interaction. This means it plays a part in how your smartphone functions. However, you cannot patent the computer code that runs your software. This distinction is confusing to many people.
Bringing your app to market is extremely competitive. The biggest app marketplaces today — the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play — now offer more than 600,00