PATENT ARTICLES

Am I a Micro Entity for Patent Fees?

Prosecuting and maintaining a patent can get expensive on government fees alone.  Luckily, some applicants can qualify for discounts on patent prosecution expenses. Prior to the America Invents Act (AIA), the largest reduction of fees an applicant can have is…

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Am I a Small Entity for Patent Fees?

Prosecuting and maintaining a patent can get expensive on government fees alone.  Luckily, some applicants can qualify for discounts on patent prosecution expenses. Prior to the America Invents Act (AIA), the largest reduction of fees an applicant can have is…

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The Devil is in the Details

While the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International redefined what is eligible subject matter for patents, it was not very explicit about how to spot such subject matter in the wild.  Early applications of the…

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Three Basic Patent Strategies: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 12

There are many different strategies for filing and maintaining your patents in the United States.  Each strategy depends on your particular industry, your competition, your company’s purpose for getting the patents, and how actively you will be enforcing the patents. …

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Patent Pending Through Provisional Patent Applications

Once a patent application is filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), the invention is given the revered status of “Patent Pending.” Inventors receive added market and business credibility for having “Patent Pending,” they receive a priority…

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Patent Standards

A patent is a document issued by the federal government that grants to its owner legally enforceable rights to exclude others from making, using, selling, importing, or offering for sale the claimed invention in the United States.  There are many…

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Advanced Intellectual Property Strategies – Part 4 Advanced Patent Strategies

4. Advanced Patent Strategies Filing for and obtaining a patent is a good step toward increasing the value of a company’s ideas and technology. Getting a patent alone, however, without meaningful business and intellectual asset strategies, leaves a lot of…

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Divisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 7

Much like a continuation patent application, a divisional patent application is a patent application that includes the same disclosure as the parent application and claims priority to the parent application.  The difference between the applications is that a divisional application…

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Foreign Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 13

Contrary to some rumors and what many would like, there is not an “International Patent” that gives worldwide protection.  If someone is promising you an International Patent, make sure to ask better questions to see what they’re really selling.  In…

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Other Non-Provisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 5

For each of design patent applications and utility patent applications, there are three types of applications and one procedure that should be discussed; namely, Continuation, Divisional, Continuation-in-part, and Request for Continued Examination (“RCE”).  Each of these may be filed when…

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