Category Archives: Patents

Taking Advantage of the Timeline for the PCT “International” Patent Application

In the global market, today’s prudent company must evaluate patent protection for its innovative products or services. In doing so, the question arises as to which countries a patent application will be submitted. The general rule of thumb is that … Continue reading

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Overview of the PCT “International” Patent Application

Patents are granted on a country by country basis. If a company is considering “international” patent protection, that is to say patent applications in multiple countries, there are two primary approaches: 1. Filing patent applications on a country by country … Continue reading

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3 Key Terms of a Patent License

Congratulations! You’ve filed your patent application. The next step is for the inventor to commercialize the newly created intellectual property. The three primary options are to completely assign the patent rights to another party, license the patent rights, or to … Continue reading

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Misconception About First to File Provisions in Patent Act

In receiving questions from clients and others, some incorrectly believe that the new first-to-file provisions of the recently passed patent legislation mean that the first party to file a patent application unconditionally has lawful rights in the patent application, even … Continue reading

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Governmental Sources for Inventor Prototyping and Manufacturing Assistance

Many small businesses need help with design and development of inventions at various stages. A startup may want a mockup or virtual prototype in order to pitch for funding. Later, the business may need a working prototype for further proof … Continue reading

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