What Does Infringement Mean?

Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Infringement What does infringement mean? Infringement is a violation (encroachment or trespass) of a right or privilege (law, regulation, contract). In the world of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, and copyrights) infringement of rights is making, using, and selling a protected invention or registered mark or copyright without permission.  Even when it …

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Patent Trolls

What is a Patent Troll? Since George Washington created the first patent laws in the United States, Americans have been encouraged to innovate and promote technological developments. However, there are people and/or companies that attempt to abuse the patent legal system, called patent trolls. “Patent sharks” or “patent pirates” are other names for patent trolls …

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What is a Patent?

What is a Patent? – What is a patent right? What is a patent? A patent is the legal right to control the making, using, and selling of a patented invention for a limited time. There are three patent types: utility, design, and plant patents. Also, there is technically no such thing as an international patent. Patents …

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Patent Costs

How Much Does it Cost to Patent an Invention? This article explains how much it costs to get a patent for an idea or invention. Patent costs are different for utility patents, plant patents, and design patents. A general utility invention estimate is $9000, total. Typically, a general design invention estimate is $5300, total. Lastly, …

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What does Patent Pending mean?

What does Patent Pending mean? What patent pending means. The term legally means a product or activity has an open patent application on file with the patent office. Filing an application for patent protection makes an invention “Patent Pending.” Either filing a provisional, non-provisional, U.S., or international (PCT & Hague) application results in pending status. After preparing …

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Patenting Software

Patenting Software Is software patentable? Software patenting is the same as patenting anything else. In addition, it can all be done online from the comfort of your home or workshop. The software patent application is the usual application. The complex nature of the requirements means you might want professional help. Only patent attorneys and agents …

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