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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand York Patent Attorneys
Our experienced York 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 York 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 Can Be Patented?
An invention can be patented if it has a useful purpose, has patentable subject matter, is novel, and is non-obvious. The patent could cover a composition, production process, machine, tool, new plant species, or an upgrade to an existing invention. Inventors must meet certain government guidelines to get a patent.
What Requirements Must a Person Satisfy to Get a Patent?
To get a patent, the person's invention must meet four requirements:
- The invention must have a useful purpose.
- The invention must meet the legal definition of "novel."
- The invention can't be something that anyone could invent.
- The invention must have patentable subject matter.
Government rules for patents ask certain things of the applicant. They need to show or describe the invention in a way that a patent officer can understand. They don't need a prototype to
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How to Get a Patent Pending: What Is the Process?
If you want to get a patent pending, all you need to do is file a provisional patent application (PPA) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Filing the application involves clearly describing your invention and paying a fee ranging from $65-$260, depending on your business size. With the application filed, your invention has patent pending status.
The U.S. Congress set up the provisional patent application as a fairly quick and easy way to get patent pending status. The idea is to let inventors show their work to investors without worrying that they'll steal it. To file a PPA, you need a $65 application fee if you qualify as a micro-entity or $130 if you're a small entity. Larger firms must pay $260. The provisional
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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 is a Design Patent Term?
The design patent term is 15 years from the date you file an application. In 2015, the design patent term changed from 14 years to 15 years. The longer term applies to any applications filed on or after May 13, 2015. Be aware, however, that some websites report that the change began effective December 18, 2013. The confusion based on the Federal Register's original announcement that the change would be effective on the later of December 19, 2013 or three months after the US deposited a paper at WIPO in relation to the Hague Convention. It wasn't until February 13, 2015 that the deposit was finally completed, which means that he change did not take place until three months after, making it May 13, 2015.
Design patent holders and applicants along with legal experts worked to present the case to extend the design patent term. Several years
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What Is the Bayh-Dole Act?
The Bayh-Dole Act gave universities, non-profits, and other small businesses the ability to earn patents to inventions. This law settled a longstanding issue about the patenting of federally-funded projects.
What's the History of the Bayh-Dole Act?
The P.L. 96-517, formally known as the Patent and Trademark Act Amendments of 1980, added a new official policy for the granting of patents in the United States.
Birch Bayh, a Democrat from Indiana, and Bob Dole, a Republican from Kansas, crossed party lines to work together to write this legislation. The Economist deems the law so important that the magazine famously called it "innovation's golden goose."
Congress ratified this law due to a perceived need for a uniform patent policy throughout federally-funded research facilities. The belief was that the lack of reliable technology transfers had slowed down the pace of innovations in the Un