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Our experienced Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Is Novelty in Patent Law?
When learning how to patent an idea, the inventor needs to consider novelty which is one of three standards an invention must meet to be considered patentable by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
An invention must be novel (new), useful, and non-obvious in order to be granted a patent. The invention can't be prior art, which includes anything found in printed media or described in a patent application. If the invention is deemed prior art, the submitted patent cannot be protected.
In the U.S. (a "relative novelty" country), there is a grace period of up to one year from the original date of public disclosure. That means even after you publish or begin selling your invention, you have one year to file for a patent. If filing for a patent, this one-year period is not part of the novelty consideration, and novel
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What Is Patent Exhaustion?
Patent exhaustion happens when a patented item, typically under a utility patent, is legally made and sold in the United States and the person who holds the patent gives up all rights to it.
If you patent your invention and sell it to someone, you give up your rights over the use of that item. This is especially true if the only value in your invention is in its use. This applies to any patented product, but think about your car. The make and model of your car have a patent. As an individual, after you buy the car, you can give it away, sell it, or make any changes you want to it without worrying about being sued by the automaker. However, you can make patented items for sale subject to some terms of sale or license agreements.
When Patent Exhaustion Doesn't Apply
There are times when patent exhaustion doesn't apply. If you
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What Is Startup Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) for startups includes using copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Safeguarding IP is much easier in the beginning phases of your business than after those ideas have become successful. IP protection puts legal checks on your competition, preventing others from infringing on and profiting from your property. A sound IP strategy from the beginning can also help attract investors, suppliers, partners, and more because this form of protection offers more security with any potential success.
Typically, startups seek protection for inventions, logos, business names, and software. Different types of IP protection apply to t
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Patent Claims: What Are They?
Patent claims explain the limits of what a patent covers, and they're an important part of the patent application you file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent claims usually come last in the order of documents. Together with the description, they are known as the specification.
Patent owners rely on patent claims to protect their intellectual property. If someone makes or sells an invention that has the elements in your claims, you can sue.
All claims should have a few key characteristics:
- Complete: Claims should cover the invention adequately and place it in the right context.
- Clear: Claims shouldn't allow for speculation.
- Supported: The
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What Are MPEP Intended Uses?
MPEP stands for the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, which is a manual published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to help patent attorneys, agents, and patent examiners better understand patent law. The concept of "intended use" is the description of an invention by what it does (its function) rather than what it is (its structure), an important distinction in patent law.
Why Are MPEP Intended Uses Important?
MPEP explains all of the laws and regulations that need to be followed when examining U.S. patent applications. It explains the application along with a large variety of situations so that each of the people using it can interpret how they should proceed with the patent application, especially as it concerns function versus structure.
MPEP Intended Use (Functional) Limitations
There is nothing wrong with defining some part of an invention in functional ter