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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Saint Paul Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Saint Paul 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 Saint Paul 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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How Long Does a Patent Last?
In general, a utility patent lasts 20 years from the filing date and a design patent lasts 15 years after granted date, but the actual term can vary.
The actual term of a patent is often dependent on 2 factors:
What type of patent is it?
When was the patent filed?
In the US, under the Patent Act, Title 35 U.S. Code, Section 154, a utility patent, which issues from an application filed on or after June 8, 1995, will have a term that effectively begins when the patent issues and expires 20 years from the filing date of the application.
Utility patents issued from applications that were filed prior to June 8, 1995, will have a patent term that the patent holder can choose from the longer of either 17 years from the d
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What Is an Invention Disclosure?
An invention disclosure is the completion of a form that represents the first recording of the invention and establishes the date and scope.
Invention disclosures should include a comprehensive description of something novel and nonobvious explained in a way that allows anyone of ordinary skill in that particular field or industry to reproduce the invention on their own.
Invention disclosure documents have been used to defeat challenges to dates of invention, inventorship, invention scope, and prior art. If you improperly write your invention disclosure, it can result in a complete loss of your patent rights down the road.
What to Include in an Invention Disclosure
Invention disclosures should include:
- The title of the invention
- The inventor's name, address, and phone number
- When and how you thought of the invention
- Date of the act
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How to Get a Patent Pending: What Is the Process?
If you want to get a patent pending, all you need to do is file a provisional patent application (PPA) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Filing the application involves clearly describing your invention and paying a fee ranging from $65-$260, depending on your business size. With the application filed, your invention has patent pending status.
The U.S. Congress set up the provisional patent application as a fairly quick and easy way to get patent pending status. The idea is to let inventors show their work to investors without worrying that they'll steal it. To file a PPA, you need a $65 application fee if you qualify as a micro-entity or $130 if you're a small entity. Larger firms must pay $260. The provisional
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What Is MPEP 2143?
MPEP 2143 is about "the basic requirements of a prima facie case of obviousness." MPEP stands for "Manual of Patent Examining Procedure," and section 2143 discusses how unique an invention has to be to get a patent.
Not every new idea deserves a patent. For instance, think of a table fan that can oscillate 120 degrees. If you invent a fan that oscillates 180 degrees but is exactly the same otherwise, that's too obvious to patent even if it hasn't been done before. You might get a patent if you invent a fan that oscillates a full 360 degrees, but that's because you'd have to invent a new gear system to make it work.
"Obviousness" is hard to pin down, and that's by design. New inventions can be very subjective, so the patent office wants examiners and courts to have plenty of leeway. Aft
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Patent Assignment: What Is It?
A patent assignment is a part of how to patent and idea and is an irrevocable agreement for a patent owner to sell, give away, or transfer his or her interest to an assignee, who can benefit from and enforce the patent. The assignee receives the original owner's interest and gains the exclusive rights to the intellectual property. He or she can sue others for making or selling the invention or design.
There are four types of patent assignments:
Assignment of Rights - Patent Issued: This is for patents that have already been issued.
Assignment of Rights - Patent Application: This is for patents still in the application process. After filing this form, the assignee can be listed as the patent applicant.
Assignment of Intellectual Pr