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Our experienced Paragould 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 Paragould 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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Request for Continued Examination: What is It?
Requests for Continued Examination (RCE) is a part of how to patent an idea and asks a patent examiner to review a patent application after the inventor has made necessary changes to an original application. It's one of the last steps in the patent application process.
When you file a patent application, you have two main chances for approval. If you receive a rejection the first time, you can fix the problems and send your application back. A second rejection is the Final Office Action.
To continue the patent application case, you might have to file an RCE. This reopens your case and allows the examination to continue.
After you file an RCE, the patent examiner might allow continued examination. Rather than granting an application, the examiner might issue an Office Action.
Reasons to Consider Filing a
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What Is Ex Parte Reexamination?
Ex parte reexamination is a tool that allows a patent owner or a third party to lodge a request for the United States Patent Office (USPTO) to reexamine an already-granted patent based on other patents and publications that they bring to the USPTO's attention.
An ex parte reexamination can be requested at any time during the enforceability of the patent. The requester needs to establish that the prior art creates a substantial and new question of patentability (SNQ). The reexamination is conducted in front of a panel of three experienced examiners within a specialized unit of the USPTO called the central reexamination unit (CRU).
Ex parte reexamination proceedings involve only the patent owner and the USPTO. After the request is filed, the third-party requester is removed from further involvement unless the patent owner files a statement seeking to rebut their assertions.
Requests for continued e
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Patent 101: What Is It?
Patent 101 starts with a definition of a patent. A patent is a legal way to claim ownership of an invention. To get a patent, you must follow several important steps.
Why Do You Need a Patent?
Filing for a patent is the best way to protect your intellectual property (IP). If you invent a product, getting a patent prevents other people from creating your product without your permission. If someone tries to steal your product, a patent allows you to file an infringement lawsuit.
Most people assume you can patent an idea. This is not true. You can only patent a physical invention or a process. However, you can transition your idea to an invention. This will eventually allow you to file for a patent. Thousands of people file for patents every year. This makes it important for you to patent your product before someone else patents a similar one.
Another reason to patent an invention is to be able to license it
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How Do You Write a Provisional Patent?
A provisional patent application is fairly simple, but it must include the following:
- A written, detailed description of the invention
- Drawings or illustrated figures that support the invention
- Text that describes the drawings or figures
- Your name and contact information
- Your lawyer's name and contact information
- A cover sheet
A provisional patent application is not legally binding and does not actually patent your invention. However, it does give you a full year from the filing date to submit the forms and payments you need to make the non-provisional patent a reality. During this time, your invention is "patent pending" and protected.
What Is a Utility Patent and How Long Does it Take to Get?
The average patent approval process takes 25.6 months. A utility patent is the term used to describe what most people think of simply as a patent and is the most common type of patent. Utility patents protect a variety of inventions from duplication by others for 20 years from the application submission. Other types of patents include design patents, plant patents, and more.
Should I Take the Time to Get a Utility Patent?
Applying for and receiving a patent can take years and be very expensive. You do not need a patent to benefit from an invention; in some cases keeping a technique or formula secret is a better way to protect your invention from being used and marketed by others.
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