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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Salem Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Salem 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 Salem 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 Do I Get a Patent?
To get a patent, you need to make sure your idea is patentable, which requires that your invention is fully developed and that no one else has already patented it, and then file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which can be a complex process depending on patent type (utility, design, plant, or software patent).
What Is a Patent?
A patent is a property right that the government grants to inventors to forbid others from making or using an invention for a limited period of time (usually 20 years). If someone does steal your invention, the patent grants you the right to sue the guilty party.
Sometimes, someone who did not invent an item can hold the patent right when a patent owner chooses to sell the patent for profit. However, only the person who origi
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What Is a Utility Patent?
A utility patent is the most common type of patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives patents for:
- Machines and devices;
- Manufacturing processes or business systems;
- Compositions of matter or chemical compounds; or
- Improvements on earlier patents
that are new, functional, and non-obvious.
Utility Patents: What Are They?
Utility patents make up about 90 percent of USPTO-approved patent applications and are among some of the most valuable patents in the world. Utility patents:
- May be electrical, mechanical, or chemical.
- Provide broad protection for intellectual property.
- Can protect product variations with only one patent.
By definition, utility patents protect functional and new inventions and systems. Claims in a utility patent recite the essential part of the inventio
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What Are Patents and Trade Secrets?
Trade secrets and patents, typically utility patents, are two of the best resources that companies have to protect their ideas. While patents protect a product for 20 years, trade secrets can legally be copied.
Trade Secrets: What are They?
Trade secrets follow the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA). They make up two parts:
They are information that has value from not being widely known.
The company follows reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy.
One example of a trade secret is the recipe for Coca-Cola. If anyone outside of the company knew the recipe, all of Coca-Cola's competitors could make its beverage and sell it – putting the company out of business. There are plenty of myths around this beverage, including the one that no one who makes the product kno
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What Is Patent Number Search?
A patent number search is when you search for a specific patent using its assigned number. To do this type of search you will first need to know the patent number. You can usually find this on a commercial product or its packaging. Utility patents have numbers that are in the millions. Design patents have numbers in the hundreds of thousands and start with the letter D or the letters Des.
Before investing in any patent application it is important to seek the counsel of a patent attorney and conduct a prior art search. This should include an investigation of known references through a patent number search to ensure that there are no possible blocking patents.
Sometimes inventors come up with a product that has already been patented. By doing a patent number search, you will better understand the scope of protection that is available to your invention. It will also help you to better understand where to file your patent app
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Utility Patent Application: What Is It?
Utility patent applications offer intellectual property protection and give you exclusive rights to prevent others from making, selling, or profiting from your original invention. Utility patents are the most common type of patent, others being design patents, plant patents, and more. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues utility patents.
To be patentable, an invention has to meet patent requirements. It must be novel, useful, non-obvious, and not previously disclosed. Utility patents cover the functional aspects of several types of inventions:
- Machines: This includes products with moving parts.
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