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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Virginia Beach Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach 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 Provisional Patent Last
Protections through a provisional patent application are only for one full year from the application filing date. This period is called a "pendency period." During this time the patent process is pending and cannot be extended under any circumstances. If you ignore the deadline without submitting the full non-provisional application, you risk losing the rights to your own invention.
Even though this term is used by inventors and some patent services, there is no such thing as a provisional patent. What the term is referring to is aprovisional patent application (PPA), which is not even a patent at all.
A provisional patent application is often the first step in the patent filing process. Unlike a non-provisional patent application, which comes later, the provisional application is not necessary and won't give your
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How Do You Write a Provisional Patent?
A provisional patent application is fairly simple, but it must include the following:
- A written, detailed description of the invention
- Drawings or illustrated figures that support the invention
- Text that describes the drawings or figures
- Your name and contact information
- Your lawyer's name and contact information
- A cover sheet
A provisional patent application is not legally binding and does not actually patent your invention. However, it does give you a full year from the filing date to submit the forms and payments you need to make the non-provisional patent a reality. During this time, your invention is "patent pending" and protected.
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What Is a Utility Model?
A utility model is an intellectual property right that is similar to a utility patent and granted to protect inventions which gives the holder exclusive rights to the invention often for a shorter term of 6 to 15 years and less strict patentability requirements. Utility models take six months to one year to obtain and they are best suited for smaller improvements on existing inventions or processes.
Why Are Utility Models Important?
Small and medium size businesses need to protect their inventions and products to stay competitive. However, patents are expensive and hard to get. A utility model is a quicker and cheaper option. Like a patent, utility model applications include drawings, claims, and a description.
History of Utility Models
The first utility model started with the German Law on June 1, 1891. Then Japan created a similar
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What Is Patent Ambiguity?
Patent ambiguity refers to uncertainty on the face of a legal document. This gives the agreement or contract an indefinite meaning. When a document includes a patent ambiguity, no external evidence can show the testator's intention, which remains unclear. A patent ambiguity may invalidate an agreement or contract.
Patent Ambiguity: What Is It?
Also known as intrinsic ambiguity, ambiguitas patens, or Section 93 of the Indian Evidence Act, patent ambiguity makes the intention behind a legal document unclear. Relying on the plain meaning of the words doesn't allow for clear interpretation. Instead, the document's obscure or senseless language makes its overall meaning ambiguous.
This happens, for instance, when a contract includes two sale prices that contradict each other. Patent ambiguities also arise in last wills and testaments, such as when a will doesn't state the gift for the beneficiary or off
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Software Patent Examples: What Are They?
Software patent examples help people who invent software to know what types of software are patentable in the United States. These include virus detection software, web interfaces, content filtering software, video compression software, and more.
Real-World Software Patent Examples
Amazon One-Click, U.S. Patent No. 5,960,411
The One-Click software lets internet shoppers avoid the online shopping cart. If the user has their payment, billing, and shipping information saved, they can buy something with a single click.