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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Vancouver Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 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 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 Non-Obvious?
Non-obvious is a requirement for patent protection that literally means your invention is not obvious to someone who is in the same industry. A new invention needs to be unexpected or surprising and cannot be anticipated by looking at the existing technology or prior art. If an invention is non-obvious, then it cannot be disqualified by obviousness from being patentable.
What Is Patentable Subject Matter?
A lot of people think that they can patent anything. The truth is that only certain allowable subject matter can actually be patented, including:
- Process - the method of doing something
- Machine - a new machine that can do something not previously done before
- Article of manufacture - physical items like pencils or chairs
- Composition of matter - the ingredients in certain thing
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Patent Application: What is it?
A patent application is a series of documents called a public disclosure to protect a business's intellectual property for an invention. A manufacturer or designer gives documents that relate to an invention's design or the way it works to the United States (U.S.) Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
What Do Patent Applications Do?
Patent applications let businesses protect their intellectual property rights. An application claims that ornamentation (how an object looks), its structural design, utility (its function), or other qualities are not copied off something else. If you've never applied for a patent before, you might find the process difficult. A lawyer with experience in patent applications can help you. Without a patent, you can't stop other companies from copying your designs or technology and making mon
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What is a Provisional Patent?
Filing a provisional patent application is not the same as an official patent application. The provisional patent application marks your invention as "patent pending." This gives you time to get everything to finish the non-provisional application, which is the binding patent form.
The provisional patent form protects the idea for one year from the filing date. It's a placeholder that gives you time to do the extra research and get funding for your non-provisional patent application.
It is the cheapest, fastest, and easiest way of getting temporary protection for your invention. Best of all, it doesn't need to be completed by a professional, although you can certainly hire a patent lawyer to do it for you.
The provisional patent application is not a legally binding document. There are no formal requireme