Archive for Patent

Building A Patent Portfolio

As your company grows, and your intellectual property policy matures, you will generally focus on two things: developing new inventions to be patented, and continuing to develop existing patent lines. After a patent is filed but before it issues, you can file subsequent patent applications that contain all or part of the disclosure from a […]

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How Long Will It Take To Get A Patent

After preparing and filing a patent, it is often a waiting game until you hear back from the US Patent and Trademark Office. It can be as much as two to three years before you receive a first office action letting you know whether the USPTO believes the patent is allowable. The USPTO provides statistics, […]

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How to Protect my IP in Manufacturing?

A strong non-disclosure agreement (NDA), and a US based manufacturer are your best ways to protect your intellectual property if you’re working with a third party manufacturer. Too often you hear stories of foreign manufacturers making a product for their client, then slightly modifying the molds and making essentially identical products for their own resale. […]

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Using Patents as Assets

Intellectual property may be intangible, but it is treated like real and personal property for most purposes. Just like real estate and personal assets, intellectual property can be used as collateral on some loans – if you can find a lender who’s willing to accept the patent as security on loan. Similarly, patents, or shares […]

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Reviving an Abandoned Patent Application

It’s not unusual for people representing themselves before the US Patent and Trademark Office to unintentionally miss a deadline. In many cases you can petition to revive your application. For a small or micro entity, you need to submit an $850 fee for the petition to revive, a complete reply to the last mailing from […]

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Whose Line is It Anyway Part 3 – Improv

Improvisational comedy, comedy made up on the spot often by a team of performers, has been increasing in popularity over the last 20-30 years. What was previously isolated to a few major cities, has spread to theaters across the nation. There was even an improvised Off-Broadway musical last year. With all of this creativity, surely […]

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Don’t Wait. Act Now. Limited Time Offer.

Waiting is a risky game in the world of intellectual property. If you wait too long between inventing a great new product and filing the patent, you risk someone else releasing a product or your patent-worthy method to the public before you get to the patent office. If that happens, you will lose the ability […]

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How Do I Protect My Software?

You’ve developed a great software product, and you’re looking to protect it. There are a few ways to get legal protection. First and foremost, you can file for a copyright on the code. The Copyright office states: Copyright protection extends to all the copyrightable expression embodied in the computer program. Copyright protection is not available […]

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What Does a Patent Protect?

In the United States, you can get patent protection for a “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” 35 U.S.C. 101. This includes machines, things made by hand or by machine, and some chemical molecules, as well as methods of doing things, such as making […]

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Should I Apply for a Foreign Patent?

Whether you should apply for a patent in other countries depends on the exact facts of your situation. It’s a long and expensive process, and the patent is of little value if you don’t intend to sell your product or service in that country, or at least enforce your rights there. One of the best […]

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