Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents
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Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents

Improper Subject Matter for Design Patents Source: USPTO.GOV A design for an article of manufacture that is dictated primarily by the function of the article lacks ornamentality and is not proper statutory subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 171. Specifically, if at the time the design was created, there was no unique or distinctive shape or…

ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?
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ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020?

ARE YOUR PATENT OFFICE MAINTENANCE FEES DUE IN 2020? Who can pay? Maintenance fees and any necessary surcharges may be paid by the patentee or by any person or organization on behalf of a patentee.  What to include with payment? You must include both the patent number and corresponding application number with your maintenance fee…

BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020
202006.23
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BRANDING IDEAS TO CONSIDER IN 2020

Search the Trademark Before Using it 6.7 Million trademarks applications have been filed at the USPTO. Avoid using a name that is descriptive or already registered. Pick a Creative Trademark Focus on picking a trademark that is a reflection of your brand, culture, or values. The trademark database is likely to show that trademarks such…

Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?
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Do I Need a Copyright or a Patent?

What is a copyright? Copyrights protect original works of art. This includes architectural drawings, photographs, books, songs, movies, software codes, etc. Copyrights give their owner the exclusive right to reproduce and profit off the underlying work. “Creators are not required to register their original creative work before copyright exists because rights exist automatically when the…

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…

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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
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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?
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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.