There are Various Types of Patent Applications
201912.09
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There are Various Types of Patent Applications

There are various types of patents that inventors should be aware: UTILITY PATENTS There are two types of utility and plant patent applications: provisional and nonprovisional. A provisional application is a quick and inexpensive way for inventors to establish a U.S. filing date for their invention, which can be claimed in a later-filed nonprovisional application….

What is Fair use of a Copyright?
201912.06
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What is Fair use of a Copyright?

What is Fair use of a Copyright? Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news…

Today in Patent History: The Combined folding bed and cabinet-front was patented on December 5, 1893
201912.05
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Today in Patent History: The Combined folding bed and cabinet-front was patented on December 5, 1893

Inventor NIELS ODEGAARD AND GOTFRED KUHNLE, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS invented the COMBINED FOLDING BED AND CABINET-FRONT. The application was filed on September 15,1892. serial No. 445,938. (No model.) This invention relates to improvements in folding-beds and has for its object to provide a bed of this character having a cabinet or dressing-case front, which is…

Can I Check the Status of my Patent Application?
201911.11
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Can I Check the Status of my Patent Application?

Your patent attorney will keep you updated on the status of your patent application. If you are not assigned to an attorney, the following information might be helpful. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to present PAIR – Patent Application Information Retrieval System. PAIR has a private site that provides a USPTO/Internet…

What can I patent?
201911.04
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What can I patent?

What can be patented – utility patents are provided for a new, nonobvious and useful: Process Machine Article of manufacture Composition of matter Improvement of any of the above Note: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or…

Who is a Joint Inventor?
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Who is a Joint Inventor?

A joint inventor is an individual who has not only made a significant contribution to the conception of the invention, but also participated in a “collaboration or concerted effort” towards the invention.  If the inventor and another individual contributed to the invention as claimed, each party is a joint inventor. Each party is considered to have shared…

Profile of Women Inventors
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Profile of Women Inventors

Major findings: The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7 percent in the 1980s to 21 percent by 2016. Even with this increase in patent counts, women inventors made up only 12 percent of all inventors on patents granted in 2016. Gains in female participation in…

What is Interstate Commerce?
201909.10
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What is Interstate Commerce?

Under Federal Law, interstate commerce is any commercial transactions or traffic that cross state boundaries or that involve more than one state. “Interstate commerce” as it relates to the sale of goods includes transporting the goods across state lines and the mark must be displayed on the goods or the packaging associated with the goods….

The Differences Between R Within the circle ®, TM, and SM
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The Differences Between R Within the circle ®, TM, and SM

The encircled R ® is a federal registration symbol. This symbol is used once the trademark is officially registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Goods or services that are being marketed based on a pending trademark application cannot use the encircled R ®. The federal registration symbol can only be used on…