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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Waukegan Patent Attorneys
Our experienced Waukegan 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 Waukegan 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 Inequitable Conduct?
Inequitable conduct is a plea defense for infringement lawsuits. The defendant claims the patent holder intentionally misinformed, misled, or withheld important information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to get a bad patent. If the court rules in favor of this defense, it can void the patent in question.
How Does the Inequitable Conduct Defense Work?
Patents are supposed to encourage people to innovate and invent. They are public information, and in exchange for showing how an invention works, the inventor gets monopoly power for several years. However, many people try to abuse the patent system by getting patents that are too vague or describe inventions that already exist. They can then try to use these patents to get money from people who aren't infringing on anything. That's why USPTO rules demand candor, good faith, and full disclosure from every inventor and lawyer involved in an app
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The patent bar is an exam an individual must take to become a patent attorney or patent agent. It is also known as the patent bar exam or patent exam. By passing this exam, these professionals can represent inventors in front of the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO). Unlike traditional bar exams, applicants do not need a legal background. Instead, those taking the test must show scientific or technical background. An applicant is considered to have this background if they have a science or engineering bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or foreign university.
Why Is the Patent Bar Important?
The patent bar is the only way for individuals to represent inventors before the USPTO. Without passing it, there's no legal way to become a patent attorney or patent agent. The exam tests the laws, rules, and procedures dictated by the Manual or Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP). This analyzes a person
- 9 min read
What Are Patent Kind Codes?
Patent kind codes let you figure out what type of patent document you're looking at. The patent kind codes are on the patent, either in PDF or in print, on the right of the patent number. Patent codes are a letter, sometimes followed by a number.
What Is a Patent?
A patent is a way to protect your intellectual property or invention. When you have a patent, you're the only one allowed to sell, make, use, or import your invention. Your patent is only valid in the country where you got it. The usual term for a patent is 20 years from when you file the application. However, your patent can be deemed invalid because of court cases or other issues.
To read a U.S. patent number, you'll need to understand three parts:
- First, the country code, which is two characters. For the United States, it is US.
- Second, the patent/publication number. Patent applications will in
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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?
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What Is a Terminal Disclaimer?
A terminal disclaimer is a type of limit on a patent. If an inventor has an invention he or she has a patent for, the inventor might make small changes to the invention and file a patent for the same invention with these changes. If the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives a second patent to the inventor, the second patent will have a terminal disclaimer attached.
The terminal disclaimer means the second patent expires when the first patent does. It also means the inventor can only enforce the second patent if he or she owns both patents. If the inventor sells the first patent, he or she can't enforce the second one.
Why Is a Terminal Disclaimer Important?
Usually, if you're an inventor you can't file a second patent on