What does a design patent protect?
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What does a design patent protect?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the examining authority for design patent applications. A United States design patent covers the ornamental design for an object which has an established practical utility. A design patent would cover only the appearance of the article and not structural or utilitarian features. An inventor looking to protecting their…

Utility Patent Application Guide
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Utility Patent Application Guide

Utility Patent Application SOURCE: USPTO.GOV Filing Options A nonprovisional utility patent application can be filed with the USPTO through the Office’s electronic filing system called EFS-Web, delivery by U.S. mail, or hand delivery to the Office in Alexandria, Virginia. By far, most patent applications filed at the USPTO are utility applications. Effective November 15, 2011,…

African American Inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown’s Home Security System –
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African American Inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown’s Home Security System –

HOME SECURITY SYSTEM UTILIZING TELEVISION SURVEILLANCE 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Aug. 1, 1966 VIDEO scaumsn I a J Dec. 2, 1969 M. v. B. BROWI-Q ETAL 3,482,037 HOME SECURITY SYSTEM UTILIZING TELEVISION SURVEILLANCE Filed Aug. 1, 1966 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 20a I /59 ml nu L 4 19.15. 296: 214 if 260, I INVENTORS United…

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…

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…