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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Sarasota Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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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What Are Utility Patent Requirements
To meet utility patent requirements, inventions must be novel, not obvious, statutory, and useful. They must also meet the United States Patent and Trademark Office's written description, enablement, and best mode requirements. Utility patent requirements are more stiff than other types of patents, but they also offer the strongest protection. Inventors who hold a utility patent can stop other people and companies from making, using, importing, and selling their inventions.
Meeting the Novelty Requirement
An invention is novel if it's different from other products in the marketplace, which are known as prior art. Prior art includes:
- Publications and patents published before anyone developed the invention
- Some patent applications filed before the inventor filed a patent
- An invention that has an
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Parker v. Flook: What Is It?
Parker v. Flook was a 1978 Supreme Court case involving catalytic converters that established the basis for patenting software. It involved alarm limits on a catalytic converter in an oil refinery.
Catalytic converters only work under certain pressures and temperatures. A catalytic converter's pressure ranges are known as alarm limits. These can change during conversion.
Dale R. Flook came up with a method to adjust alarm limits as they changed during conversion. He filed for a patent for this method. The patent was denied because the method's only novel feature was a mathematical formula, which is not patent eligible. The appeal board of the United States Patent and Trademark Offices (USPTO) upheld this denial.
The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals (CCPA) reversed the decision. They stated that even if the method had limited applications, this did not mean it was ineligible for patent
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What Is Indirect Patent Infringement?
Indirect patent infringement is the violation of a patent with or without the knowledge of the infringer. A person or company obtains a patent to prevent other people from using an idea or invention. In some cases, however, another person may not be aware of the patent. Article 26 of the CPC describes the "prohibition of indirect use of the invention" or indirect patent infringement.
There are two types of indirect patent infringement: Infringement by inducement and contributory infringement. According to 35 U.S.C. § 271(b), infringing inducement means that an entity causes a third party to infringe on the patent. The patentee must show that another person actually infringed, that the alleged inducer k
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What Is a Plant Patent Search?
A plant patent search covers information about patents granted by the government to protect ownership rights of unique and asexually reproducing plants. As you might expect, plant patents are only a fraction of the patents filed every year. For example, in 2012 there were 576,763 patent applications filed—860 were granted. Only 1,149 of those were for plants.
Before you file for a patent of any kind, it is essential to determine if any similar creations have already been patented. The same goes for the protections afforded to those who create new varieties of plants. You must determine that no one else has created a substantially similar variety of plant so that you are clear to file for your patent.
Why Is a Plant Patent Search Important?
Filing for a patent can be quite expensive, especially when one considers not only the filing fe
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What Is a Patent and What Is a Copyright?
Patents, typically utility patents, and copyrights are both types of intellectual property that grant rights to creators and inventors and protect their work from being exploited without their permission, but differ in the type of property they protect.
Protecting Your Ideas
Business success hinges on ideas. Without an original idea, a business will struggle to turn a profit. But what happens when another business steals that idea? What protects a business from other people trying to take it's money-making products or strategies and turn them into their own? Most companies have two options: patents or copyrights. Choosing between applying for patent protection or registering your work for copyright comes down to what it is you're trying to protect.
Copyright vs. Patent: What's the Difference?