Parts of a Patent Application
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Parts of a Patent Application

Parts of a Patent Application The USPTO defines what needs to be included in a patent application. Utility, design and provisional applications all require similar elements but utility applications have the most requirements. The application must have a complete specification, drawings (if needed) and the filing fee and an oath or declaration. Oath or Declaration…

What Constitutes Copyright Infringement?
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What Constitutes Copyright Infringement?

Subject to certain defenses, it is copyright infringement for someone other than the author to do the following without the author’s permission:1. copy or reproduce the work2. create a new work derived from the original work (for example, by translating the work into a new language, by copying and distorting the image, or by transferring…

5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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5 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Trademark your business or product name – Intellectual property includes artistic and musical works, designs, images, literature and software. These help develop brand recognition and customer trust in a specific industry. Avoid copying other brands – The United States Patent and Trademark office refers to copying as “likelihood of confusion.” This exists if your trademark…

What is Intellectual Property Law?
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What is Intellectual Property Law?

Intellectual property refers to the expressions of creativity such as naming of goods and services in interstate commerce, inventive concepts, art and designs. Individual legal rights to protection of this creativity can be found in patent, trademark and copyright law. An intellectual property law attorney can help explain the differences and similarities among these three…

Can I change ownership of a patent application?
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Can I change ownership of a patent application?

During examination of a pending patent application or after the patent is granted, the owner of the patent may change: 1) the original owner may transfer ownership to another entity or party, through an “assignment;” or 2) the original owner may retain ownership but change its name. The original owner should record the assignment or…

What is interstate commerce?
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What is interstate commerce?

What is Interstate Commerce? Under Federal Law, interstate commerce is any commercial transactions or traffic that cross state boundaries or that involve more than one state. “Interstate commerce” as it relates to the sale of goods includes transporting the goods across state lines and the mark must be displayed on the goods or the packaging…

REQUIREMENTS FOR JOINT INVENTORSHIP
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REQUIREMENTS FOR JOINT INVENTORSHIP

The inventive entity for a particular application is based on some contribution to at least one of the claims made by each of the named inventors. Inventors may apply for a patent jointly even though (1) they did not physically work together or at the same time, (2) each did not make the same type…

Can the USPTO assist me in the developing and marketing of my patent?
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Can the USPTO assist me in the developing and marketing of my patent?

The USPTO cannot act or advise concerning the business transactions or arrangements that are involved in the development and marketing of an invention. The Office, however, will publish for a fee, at the request of a patent owner, a notice in the Official Gazette that the patent is available for licensing or sale. In addition,…

What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
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What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement?

Non-Disclosure agreements are commonly referred to as confidentiality or assignment agreements. These are legally binding agreements that establishes a confidential relationship. Disclosing and/or receiving parties sign the agreement and agree that confidential information that is shared will not be made available to others.

WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION?
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WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION?

Provisional Patent Application Forms 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 offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for patent which was designed to…