What is the role of a patent attorney?
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What is the role of a patent attorney?

Job Description Patent lawyers specialize in the area of law protecting the property rights of inventors. Applying for a patent is a complicated procedure that requires the expertise of a lawyer who is trained to interpret the rules and regulations of the patent process, negotiate contracts, file documents and provide legal representation to inventors. Job…

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…

Who may file a patent application?
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Who may file a patent application?

Who may file a patent application? A patent application may be filed by the original inventor(s) or an authorized representative of the inventor. Authorized representatives include authorized representatives such as family members of licensees. Who is an inventor? An inventor is a person who makes new inventions, devices that perform some kind of function. The devices are mostly electrical or mechanical. Someone…

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…

What happens after a patent examiner allows an application?
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What happens after a patent examiner allows an application?

Source: USPTO.GOV Listed below are the stages through which an allowed patent application goes within the PTO. When the examiner allows an application a message concerning the application number is sent to the Office of Data Management. The application is then electronically exported to Initial Data Capture (IDC) for electronic capture of the patent file….