In simplest terms, what can be patented is any invention that is a useful, new, and non-obvious action, thing, or product which is not an abstract idea, law of nature, or natural phenomenon.
Patentability is a combination of two expert evaluations to address all four patentability requirements: 1. patent eligible subject matter, 2. useful, 3. novel, and 4. non-obvious.
The basics on how to start and conduct a prior art or patent search to find out if an invention is novel and non-obvious. By Carson Patents, USPTO Registered Patent Attorney, Gregory Carson.
A provisional patent application is temporary placeholder for a later filed non provisional (regular) patent application. Provisional patent applications are not examined, and expire after 12 months (1 year). These temporary patent applications only serve to claim a filing date for the contents.
A take down notice is a tool used to protect intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, and copyrights). It is the procedure for requesting an internet service provider remove or disable access to illegal content uploaded without the permission of the original content creator.
If your invention can be protected with trade secret(s), then you do not likely need a patent.
If your invention is patentable, and you want to stop others from making and selling your product, then you likely do need a patent.
According to the USPTO, it takes about 22 to 30 months to get patent prosecuted and issued. The current USPTO average wait time is 24 months. In other words, it usually takes 2 or more years from the time a non-provisional patent application is filed to get a patent issued.
A patent writer is a USPTO registered patent agent or patent attorney who writes up a patent application for an inventor looking to file their invention for a patent.
Music copyrights are the same as other copyrights. A copyright is a type of intellectual property protection for original works of authorship. Copyrights protect original literary or artistic works such as films, novels, poems, lectures, plays, choreography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, architecture, maps, and especially songs.
An inventor’s notebook or inventor’s journal is a log book used to track the progress of an invention, along with any new ideas that may arise in the process. If properly kept and organized, this can be an important piece of documentation when supporting a legal claim to the inventions described therein.
Alternative dispute resolutions, known as ADRs, are used to describe any method of resolving disputes without litigation. ADRs are less formal than a court trial and are usually less expensive and time consuming.
Protecting your brand with trademarks is an important and helpful measure to take at the beginning of your branding process. This is because it is easier to protect a brand (or any of your original ideas) if you have a trademark, copyright, or patent before someone attempts to copy or steal it.
When it comes to patents, in simple terms, reduction to practice is making the invention. In other words, it is reducing the invention into a tangible form or taking the invention from thoughts and making it so that it can be used.