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Filing a Patent Application? 9 Reasons You Need a Lawyer to Help

Patent law has been with us for a long time. Its first use dates back 228 years ago. If you have an invention you want to protect, hiring a patent attorney to help with your application can make a big difference. While it is true that anyone can file their own patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), they receive more than 500,000 applications every year. While it may seem like…

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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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What’s The Difference Between A Trademark, A Copyright, And A Patent?

You've got a great idea and you want to protect it; the first step is identifying whether or not you need a patent, a trademark, or a copyright. Though each option is recognized as a type of intellectual property protection, understanding each one can determine which choice you should make. Here are the different definitions for each type of intellectual property. Patent Patents are used among 12 primary industries, but just about anyone can apply…

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Types of Intellectual Property

You may have heard the phrase “intellectual property” used at some point, whether it be in a business or legal context. However, what is intellectual property and what type of protection does it offer? Intellectual property is the umbrella term that covers patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks. This post will explore the different types of intellectual property, what is needed for protection under each, and the pros and cons of using each for protection.…

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Herman Miller v. Office Star

On Tuesday, October 11, a federal jury in California awarded Herman Miller Inc. $8.4 million in a trade dress lawsuit against Office Star. Office Star was accused of using Herman Miller’s overall look of its Eames office chair line in the trade dress suit. Herman Miller is best known for its office furniture, specifically its office chairs. In addition, it also manufactures other office furniture and offers “solutions” for their customers, focusing on making the…

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