Non-Fungible Token

What is Blockchain Technology? Blockchain technology is a relatively new and complex system. In simple terms, blockchaining is just growing a connected list of data records linked together. Blockchain technology is often used to create and support NFTs. This is because blockchaining is easy to secure and easy to use for verification of the authenticity …

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Can You Patent an Idea?

Can you patent an idea? Not usually, but, yes, technically, with constructed reduction to practice and only if the idea is patent eligible subject matter, useful, novel, non-obvious, and a complete and proper patent application is filed and allowed; then, yes, you can patent an idea for an invention without having the actual invention. Patenting an idea is not a recommended best practice, but it is possible. 

Finding Free Patent Services

Pro Bono Patent Attorney Services The first kind of no cost patent services available is the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program. This kind of help is provided by licensed patent practitioners (patent agent and patent attorney) who are volunteering their time and talent. Pro Bono means work undertaken without charge, especially legal work for a …

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Can you Patent a Plant?

Plant and Plant Related Things that Can be Patented There are several kinds or types of plants that can be patented. And, there are several aspects and products of plants that can be patented. For example, new and discovered plants and plant element types that can be patented include this list of plant patents examples: …

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What Does Infringement Mean?

Patent Infringement What is Infringing on a Patent? Patent infringement is when someone makes, uses, or sells a protected invention. Patents are issued for new utility, plant, and design (industrial design) inventions. Each country issues its own patents, and enforcement is only possible in a country where a patent is issued. The scope or range …

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Patent Trolls

Origin of Patent Trolls There seems to be some discrepancies among sources for the origin of the term “patent troll.” According to Invenstopedia, the term was first coined by Paula Natasha Chavez, a U.S. Intellectual Property Law attorney, in an education video about the misuse of patents in the United States. An article in WIPO …

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What is a Patent?

35 U.S.C. 101 – Inventions Patentable Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefore, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title. USPTO Manual of Patent Examining Procedure International Patent Applications An international patent does …

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Patent Costs

Patenting Cost Events There are five patent application cost events when pursuing a patent for an invention that will incur professional fees. Importantly, after filing a patent application, there are patent prosecution events that add cost. The five patent application cost events are: first, a professional fee for a prior art search and patentability evaluation; …

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What Does Patentability Mean?

Determining Patentability is Best Done by an Expert Do you need to know if your invention or idea is patentable? In the United States, a patentability expert is a USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner who practices in prosecuting patent applications. Our patent expert has successfully prosecuted many patent applications and can help you find out. For …

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What Does Patent Pending Mean?

What Happens After an Application is Pending? Pending applications often require further communication with the USPTO & WIPO. While a patent is pending, frequently amendments, new/revised claims, or further explanation is needed. These communications occur during patent application prosecution. Note: new matter may only be added in a new application. If new matter is needed to support claims during …

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