Many people already know that patents are published. However, did you know pending non-provisional patent applications also publish, even before they issue as a full patent? (Note: Provisional applications stay secret and do not publish – see advantages/disadvantages of a provisional.)
Is patent publication a good thing? [...]
I was in shock when I first learned a US patent can cost upwards of $10,000. That’s like buying a car! Perhaps a little explanation may help understand this.
Patent attorney fees can vary based on each law firm, practice area, experience, and part of the country where the attorney is located. Most attorneys have [...]
Can you patent software?
I was recently told by an “expert” that software is not patentable. Is this true? Is software patentable? The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Let me explain.
YES – You can patent software processes, BUT not software code and only if that software performs a new and unique process or [...]
This past week (December 18, 2013) the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) made some major changes to the rules which will impact inventors and patent filers. These rule changes were the result of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act (PLTIA) which was signed by President Obama in 2012. For those who want to [...]
In the 1980’s, a high profile Supreme Court case (Diamond v. Chakrabarty) concluded that “anything under the sun made by man” should qualify for patent coverage in the United States. Since that time, we have seen a wide variety of patents being allowed including patents on genetically modified organisms, gene sequences, computer software, and even [...]
I often get questions about what are the options if your provisional patent application is going to expire (remember they only last for 12 months) and you are not ready to commit to a full non-provisional patent application. Can you refile a provisional patent application?
The answer is “it depends”. It depends on if [...]
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