Is a trademark application right for you?
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Is a trademark application right for you?

SOURCE: USPTO.GOV Is a trademark application right for you? Trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ, so it is important to learn whether a trademark is appropriate for you. A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A patent protects an invention. A copyright protects an…

Avoid Fraudulent USPTO Trademark Filings
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Avoid Fraudulent USPTO Trademark Filings

A registration is subject to cancellation for fraudulent statements. Therefore, you must ensure that all statements made in filings to the USPTO are accurate, as any inaccuracies may result in the cancellation of a trademark registration. For example, the lack of a bona fide intention to use the mark with all goods and/or services listed…

USPTO Mission of Innovation
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USPTO Mission of Innovation

Fostering innovation, competitiveness and economic growth, domestically and abroad to deliver high quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications, guiding domestic and international intellectual property policy, and delivering intellectual property information and education worldwide, with a highly skilled, diverse workforce. The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) mission is anchored in Article…

Protect Your Innovation: Avoid Scams
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Protect Your Innovation: Avoid Scams

Protect Your Innovation: Avoid Scams Are you looking for help in getting patent protection and/or marketing services for your invention? Are you considering contracting with a company that promises to help you secure a patent and market your invention? If so, there are three very important steps you should take before signing a contract for…

Unintentional Abandonment
201705.22
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Unintentional Abandonment

Did you miss the deadline for responding to an office action or pay a maintenance fee? Don’t despair; you’ve got options. Before December 18, 2013, applicants who missed the deadline for responding to an office action but wanted to continue prosecuting their application would have filed a petition to the Commissioner for Patents requesting that…

Should I file a provisional patent application
201705.15
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Should I file a provisional patent application

Should I file a provisional patent application? Source: USPTO.GOV Rob Hodge, Office of Innovation Development One of the most frequent questions independent inventors ask is whether they should file a provisional patent application. But there is no surefire answer. Every situation is unique, and what works for one inventor might not work for another. Only…

Check on the Status of Your Pending Patent Application
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Check on the Status of Your Pending Patent Application

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) utilizes PAIR – Patent Application Information Retrieval System. PAIR has a private site that provides a USPTO/Internet infrastructure capability to securely provide patent application status information to USPTO customers with a customer number associated with the correspondence address for their application and the appropriate software tools. PAIR also has…