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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 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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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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What Qualifies As Patent Infringement?

When you obtain a patent, you're asserting that you get credit and royalties from your invention. This also asserts that no individual or business is able to use your idea or invention without your permission. This isn't anything new; the first recorded use of patent law was more than 228 years ago. People have been wanting to protect their inventions for a long time. Unfortunately, intellectual property issues spring up all the time. But how…

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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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