USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines
202006.02
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USPTO grants further relief for certain trademark-related fees and deadlines

As businesses begin to reopen or resume operations, some stakeholders will continue to require relief, particularly small businesses and individuals. Under the CARES Act authority and its existing authority in Trademark and TTAB matters, the USPTO will direct relief to those who need it on a case-by-case basis, as described below. Applicants who were unable…

202004.28
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How to Discuss Your Idea With a Patent Attorney

The Patent Attorney would require a complete disclosure of your invention. This can include sketches, write-ups, photos, drawings, etc. Provide all of the information in an organized format and be prepared to discuss all aspects of the disclosure. Answers to the following questions can be prepared before a phone or office consultation with your patent…

USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision
202004.23
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USPTO releases report on patent examination outcomes after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision

source: USPT.GOV The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published a report authored by its Chief Economist titled, Adjusting to Alice: USPTO patent examination outcomes after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International. The report highlights how recent actions undertaken by the USPTO have brought greater predictability and certainty to the determination of patent…

Do you owe maintenance fees?
202002.05
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Do you owe maintenance fees?

The United States Code provides that the owners of all utility and reissue utility patents filed on or after December 12, 1980 must pay maintenance fees to keep the patents. Maintenance fees are not required for design, plant patent, or statutory invention registrations. Maintenance fees and any necessary surcharges may be paid by the patentee…

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COPYRIGHT AND A PATENT?
201912.12
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COPYRIGHT AND A PATENT?

The Difference Between Copyright and Patent. Patents refer to an invention, whereas copyrights refer to the expression of an idea, such as an artistic work. They are governed by different rules, so it is important to know which is applicable to your works.

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….

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…

Profile of Women Inventors
201909.18
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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…