Better Drawings Make a Better Patent
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Better Drawings Make a Better Patent

“A picture speaks a thousand words.” That ancient adage certainly holds true in the case of patent drawings. An invention can often be more easily explained through drawings than in reams of description. Accurate, clear drawings strengthen and enhance patent applications, helping overloaded patent examiners to understand inventions faster. Simple, clear and precise images also…

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

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 original artistic…

Design Patent Applications
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Design Patent Applications

The Design Patent Application Process The preparation of a design patent application and the conducting of the proceedings in the USPTO to obtain the patent is an undertaking requiring the knowledge of patent law and rules and Patent and Trademark Office practice and procedures. A patent attorney or agent specially trained in this field is…

How to Access the United States Patent and Trademark Office PAIR System
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How to Access the United States Patent and Trademark Office PAIR System

A registered United States patent attorney would typically check the status of your patent application and email regular feedbacks. In the case of an inventor that has filed his or her own patent application, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has the Patent Application Information Retrieval System that allows inventors to check the status…

Edward Joel Amos Jr., Inventor of the Cellphone
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Edward Joel Amos Jr., Inventor of the Cellphone

Edward Joel Amos Jr. could be the inventor of the century. He invented the cellphone (Mobile communication system, US 3663762 A) in 1970. Abstract The invention provided for a high capacity cellular mobile communication system arranged to establish and maintain continuity of communication paths to mobile stations passing from the coverage of one radio transmitter…

What is Meant by “Micro Entity”
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What is Meant by “Micro Entity”

For patents, the filing, issue, and maintenance fees are reduced by 50 percent or 75 percent, respectively is an applicant qualifies as a micro entity. Micro entity status is based on the gross income limit of an inventor. Based on the current USPTO fees schedule, the “Maximum Qualifying Gross Income” for purposes of paying any eligible…

Patent Classification
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Patent Classification

Organization and Staff Classification Standards and Development maintains the patent classification systems. Classification Divisions and Contact Numbers Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) effort is a joint partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) where the Offices have agreed to harmonize their existing…