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Our experienced Rockford 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 Rockford 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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Utility Patent vs. Design Patent
The difference between a utility patent and a design patent is that:
- The utility patent is a trademark protection that makes sure a person has full control over his or her invention.
- A design patent is used when you create a new design for an existing product.
What Is a Utility Patent?
The utility patent is a trademark protection that makes sure a person has full control over his or her invention. More than 90 percent of all patents issued each year are utility patents.
You receive a utility patent when you invent a new process, machine, or manufacturing system. A utility patent lists an invention's elements and declares how much it covers for the invention. A utility patent is more valuable than a design patent because the utility is the hardest part to create.
Think of the utility pate
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What Are Examples of Patent Drawings?
Examples of Patent Drawings can consist of charts or illustrations that you use to illustrate an invention for a patent application. If your drawing would help a reviewer understand what your invention does or how it looks, you need to include a patent drawing with your application. Most patent applications will require at least one drawing, so you should understand the elements of an effective patent drawing.
Here are a few examples of patent drawings to help illustrate the drawing formula:
- Cordless optical computer mouse and how it works on the interior
- Bicycle, including the gear and wheel mechanisms
- Shaving device
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Provisional Patent Cost: What Is It?
The provisional patent cost is directly related to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which charges a $65 filing for micro-entities, $130 for small entities, and $260 for large entities to file a provisional patent application. Unlike the nonprovisional patent application process that comes later, there is no extra cost for submitting a paper application.
For more complex patents, USPTO will charge an extra $100, $200, or $400 for each additional 50 pages after the first 100, depending on the size of the entity. You can review the USPTO fee schedule at any time on the website, as the information is always up to date.
Why Is It Important to Understand Provisional Patent Cost?
Even if you&
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What Is a Provisional Patent Example?
Provisional patent examples can be created by using a non-provisional patent application as a guide or by using one of several templates. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not offer formal provisional patent applications for inventors to use.
Here are some examples of provisional patents:
- Provisional Patent Application Example: Control Device for a Swing
- Provisional Patent Application Example: Berthing Method and System
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How Long Does a Utility Patent Last?
Utility patents filed on or after June 8, 1995, last for 20 years from the application filing date.
Before this date, patent protections in the United States lasted for 17 years from when the USPTO first gave the patent. The law changed to obey Article 33 of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement from the Uruguay Round Agreements of the General Agreement on Tariffs. Because of this article, the U.S. had to set up a patent protection term that ends no sooner than 20 years from the first application date.
The 20-year patent term is a general one. For instance, a patent application that refers to an earlier filed patent application follows different rules. In this case, the patent term ends 20 years