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Johnny M.

Johnny Manriquez

114 reviews
Johnny Manriques is a patent attorney with extensive experience in dealing with cases that involves intellectual property law and related legal matters. He has more than 14 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Johnny is registered with the State Bar of California. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law. Johnny recently started his own firm, but worked with Procopio Cory for three years prior to starting his own law office.
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Ross Brandborg

59 reviews
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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Irvin T.

Irvin Tyan

43 reviews
Navigating the legal world as a startup can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why experienced attorneys like Irvin Tyan are an absolute must-have. Mr. Tyan can help your startup with a variety of issues, including intellectual property, contract drafting, portfolio analysis, and commercial litigation. He can also help with employment issues and competitive landscape analysis.
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Jonathan S.

Jonathan Spangler

Jonathan Spangler is an attorney at law with over 22 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California and is also a registered member of the California Patent Bar. Jonathan obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the University of Dayton School of Law. He primarily specializes in patents, with a particular focus on legal matters that involves trademark and copyright law. Between 2001 and 2016, Jonathan serves as the VP at Nuvasive.
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Brandon L.

Brandon Leavitt

9 reviews
Brandon Leavitt combines his experience as an entrepreneur and his skills as a corporate attorney to assist his clients in the best ways possible. He has more than six years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Brandon obtained his J.D. in law from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as commercial contracts. Brandon has been a managing partner at the Eldredge Law Firm since October 2014.
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Robert C.

Robert Crownover

1 review
Robert Crownover specializes in patent prosecution and patent infringement. He is a Registered Patent Attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As part of the Rhema Law Group he serves clients in the Silicon Valley area. Before becoming a part of Rhema Law, Robert worked at Ishimaru & Associates, focusing his practice on patent prosecution.
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Anastasios G.

Anastasios Garbis

2 reviews
As a registered patent attorney, Anastasios Garbis dedicates his time to advising entrepreneurs and small businesses on intellectual property matters. At his firm, Garbis Law, LLC, he supports clients in protecting their brands, inventions, and art through accessible and transparent legal services. Mr. Garbis speaks both English and Greek at a native level.
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Raman K.

Raman Kumar

2 reviews
Legal counsel with 10 years of experience in Startups, SMEs, Technology, Ecommerce. I provide personal service and practical solutions to tackle your most challenging legal... read more
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Don M.

Don Moody

2 reviews
Don Moody is an attorney with over 20 years experience in technology, finance and entertainment. His practice includes IP (patents, trademarks and copyrights), privacy (dat... read more
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Mark K.

Mark Koo

3 reviews
Mark Koo works with high technology companies on patent, trademark, and copyright related matters. He also helps companies file incorporation documents and provides other startup legal assistance. Mark has been involved in many of the hottest Silicon Valley’s technologies. As a software technologist, Mark worked to help build the world’s largest laser system.
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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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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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Provisional Patent Example

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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:

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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.

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A utility patent vs. a design patent may have inventors wondering which one is best for their invention. Utility patents and design patents differ because utility patents cover unique ideas or inventions, but design patents are for new designs of existing products.

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:

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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.

Here are a few examples of patent drawings to help illustrate the drawing formula:

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