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Acquiring a Patent: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) receives over 500,000 patent applications each year. Obtaining a patient and dealing with intellectual property is a serious task and can be quite confusing. Hopefully, this will help you better understand everything about patents and intellectual property. Here are some commonly asked questions pertaining to acquiring a patent: Can everything be patented? -- No, not everything can be patented, but the qualifications are sufficiently broad and encompass nearly…

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6 Key Things You Need To Know About Patents

You’ve had the idea for that fabulous invention simmering in your mind for years. Now, after all this time, you have perfected it. You are ready to market your new invention. Here are five questions to get you started on what you need to know about the patent process and patent law. Question # 1. Who Can Get One? The inventor, creator, or discoverer can apply for a patent. Patents are estimated to cost between…

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The Legal And Health Issues Associated With Knock-Off Makeup Brands

In order to take advantage of countless customers, cunning thieves and con-artists have created knock-off makeup palettes, products, and powders to satisfy our inherent love for a bargain, especially around the holidays. These knock-off makeup products look like the real thing, but the price is much lower and the quality is often questionable. In fact, April of 2018 witnessed one of the most shocking stories yet as some fake and knock-off cosmetics contained bacteria and…

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The Hows And Whys Of Patent Pursuit

Patents are an essential part of recognition. If you don't legally attach your name and efforts to a patent, it is incredibly easy for someone else to come along and claim ownership of your idea and your genius. This means that every time you have a one-of-a-kind idea, you should seek out a patent lawyer and file it as your own, right? Wrong! The process required to obtain a patent can be lengthy, costly, and incredibly risky: only 2%…

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When The Little Guys Win: Nonprofit Awarded $268M After Patent Dispute

Human beings have always been innovative, but sometimes the journey to an acknowledgment of that innovation can be a rough and rocky road. In the world of patents (of which the USPTO receives 500,000 applications a year), the ones who invented something spectacular don't always receive the recognition -- and profit -- that comes with it, as the nonprofit organization Alfred E. Mann Foundation (AMF) discovered the hard way. Over 15 years ago, they took…

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Understanding Confidentiality And Patents

Protecting your nuanced invention or idea is essential as you develop your patent application. After all, you want to be able to protect your invention for that 12-month period with a provisional patent application. But can your patent to remain confidential?   Before you obtain your patent Before a patent or provisional patent is obtained, you have the right to enter a confidentiality agreement with a third party before the patent application is filed. This…

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