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When do you actually need a Trademark?

When do you actually need a Trademark? Navigation Introduction What do trademarks do? When are you likely to experience a copycat? When will you create the perception of success? How does this tell us when to file for a trademark? Conclusion Introduction It seems no one has an actual answer to the question of when […]

An Overview of Copyright Law

An Overview of Copyright Law Navigation What Copyrights Protect Copyright Registration Copyright Costs & Fees Copyright Licensing Copyright Infringement & Fair Use Conclusion What Copyrights Protect Copyrights protect creative expressions on tangible mediums. Creative expressions include songs, lyrics, poems, literature, sound recordings, dramatic works, etc. These creative works must be put onto a tangible medium […]

The Basics of Intellectual Property Law

The Basics of Intellectual Property Law Navigation Goals of IP Law Areas of IP Law Patent Law Trademarks Copyrights Trade Secrets Conclusion General Goals of Intellectual Property Law protect innovation help consumers identify the source of goods/services protect creative works protect information Areas of IP Law That Achieve These Goals Patents protect innovation.   Trademark […]

How to Create an Intellectual Property Portfolio

How To Create An IP Portfolio What is an Intellectual Property Portfolio? An Intellectual Property Portfolio is often described as a simple compilation of your IP. Basically, a folder on a computer with all of your patents, trademarks, and copyrights compiled. This is a waste of time and provides you no benefit. A portfolio is […]

Patent Lawyer FAQ’s

Patent Lawyer FAQ’s Navigation Introduction Patent Fees and Costs How much does it cost to patent an idea? How can I get a patent with no money? What is the cheapest way to get a patent? What is the basic filing fee for a patent utility? How much does it typically cost to file a […]

International and PCT Patent Applications

International and PCT Patent Applications Navigation Introduction Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) PCT Application Process Benefits of filing under the PCT When should you not file a PCT application? Evaluating your PCT options with a US Patent Attorney Introduction There are 2 ways to file patent applications in foreign countries: File the application […]

Understanding the Design Patent

Understanding Design Patents Navigation Introduction Application process differences from utility applications I. Provisional patents II. Term Length III. Claims IV. Written Specification V. Prior Art VI. International Applications Obtaining a design and utility patent on a new invention When is a design patent worth it? A. Advantages B. Disadvantages Conclusion Introduction A design patent is […]

Understanding A Patentability Search

Understanding A Patentability Search Navigation Introduction Patent law on the patentability search Statutory categories of patentable subject matter When are these categories important? Patentability searches: Anticipation How does anticipation affect the search? Patentability searches: Obviousness What is prior art? How to conduct a patentability search Consult a patent attorney Introduction A patentability search is a […]

Guide To Provisional Patent Applications

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Guide To Provisional Patent Applications Navigation Introduction Purpose of Provisional Patents How to Obtain Provisional Patents Where to File Problems with Provisionals Patent Search Costs Is it worth the cost? Timeline Do you need an Attorney? Introduction to Provisional Patent Applications A provisional patent is a temporary patent that establishes your status as the inventor […]