Patent FAQs and the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Patent FAQs and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Please feel free to refer to the following FAQs or contact us with additional patent questions or concerns. Phone: (847) 409-8670 Email: info@apatents.com We provide free initial phone consultations! What is a patent? A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in…

Do the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) promote inventions?
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Do the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) promote inventions?

Examining Authority The USPTO is the examining authority for patent and trademark applications and grants patent and trademark rights. By granting these rights the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times…

How do you protect your invention before pitching it to inventors?
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How do you protect your invention before pitching it to inventors?

File a provisional patent application or use a nondisclosure agreement before talking to anyone about your ideas. Provisional Patent Applications A provisional patent application allows you to file without a formal patent claim, oath or declaration, or any information disclosure (prior art) statement. Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has…