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Ross B.

Ross Brandborg

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Ross Brandborg is an attorney at law with more than 13 years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Ross is also a member of the North Dakota Patent Bar. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained after his graduation from the University of North Dakota. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as in patents. Ross founded his own law firm, Brandborg Law, in 2017.
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Alexis Saenz

93 reviews
Alexis Saenz is a patent attorney who has prepared hundreds of patent applications and responses to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He mainly works with start-up ventures and mid-sized companies in the growth stage. Alexis' personal experience with a startup company has given him deep insight into the process that guides his patent and intellectual property services.
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Sam Goldstein

56 reviews
Bankruptcy Consultant for Businesses/Individuals considering Chapter 7, 11, or 13 filings, handling both consultation and representation. Small Business professional exp... read more
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Edward R.

Edward Robinson

35 reviews
Edward Robinson is a patent attorney that mainly works with corporations to help them obtain patent protection for pharmaceutical products, medical devices and related inventions. He is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Edward has over 14 years of experience. He practices law in California and received a J.D in law from the University of San Diego School of Law. Edward has recently jointed Tech Law LLP, but have represented a large number of companies as a corporate counsel.
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Samuel P.

Samuel Pierce

13 reviews
I earned an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and began my career as a financial analyst. I understand how investors look at va... read more
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Ken E.

Ken Emanuelson

11 reviews
Over 20 years of experience securing, prosecuting and asserting his clients’ intellectual property rights. Specializing in a wide variety of intellectual property assets... read more
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Charles S.

Charles Shull

8 reviews
Charles is an electro-mechanical patent attorney. He has worked for numerous global companies, like Rolls Royce Power, Case New Holland, Bridgestone, and Voith, midsize com... read more
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Monica W.

Monica Winghart

5 reviews
Monica is the founder of Voltage Law and specializes in working with tech, SaaS, consumer products and healthcare industries. Throughout her career, Monica has held leaders... read more
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Kyle D.

Kyle Davis

4 reviews
I am a registered patent attorney with over 14 years experience both obtaining and litigating intellectual property rights. I have represented large corporations in federal... read more
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Aaron W.

Aaron Wilkerson

3 reviews
Aaron is a registered patent attorney that enjoys the challenge of all aspects of intellectual property practice, including patent, trademark, trade secret, domain name and... read more
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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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Updated November 16, 2020:

The provisional patent cost includes the following USPTO filing fees:

  • $65 filing for micro-entities
  • $130 for small entities
  • $260 for large entities

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 fee to file a provisional patent application. Unlike the non-provisional patent application process that comes later, there is no extra cost for submitting a paper application.

For more complex patents, the 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.

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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.

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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.

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How Long Does a Utility Patent Last

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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 f

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Provisional Patent Example

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Updated November 4, 2020:

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.

A provisional patent application is not nearly as detailed or complex as a non-provisional one. It is also not examined on its merits by the USPTO. Therefore, examples are fairly simple, and not standardized.

Provisional patent applications are also called "provisional application for patent" and "provisional patent application forms."

Parts of a Provisional Patent Application

No formal provisional patent application exists. Submissions must include the following information:

  • A written description of your invention
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