Patents

Provisional Patent Applications

Provisional patent applications serve an important role in preserving an inventor’s rights to an invention.  Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional application for patents, which was designed to provide a lower-cost first patent filing in the United States and to give applicants parity with foreign applicants under the GATT Uruguay Round Agreements. ...

Utility Non provisional Patent Application

A utility nonprovisional patent application is a patent application that gets substantively examined and issued into a utility patent should it meet the conditions of patentability.  When filing a nonprovisional utility patent application, it must be submitted in the English language or be accompanied by a translation in the English language, a statement that the translation is accurate, and have payment of the fee set forth in 37 CFR § 1.17(i).  If an applicant files a utility nonprovisional application in a language other than English without the translation, statement, or fee, the applicant will be given a notice and time period to submit the missing item(s)....

Design Patents

Similar to utility patents, U.S. patent laws provide for the granting of design patents to any person who has invented any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. A design patent protects only the appearance of the article and not structural or utilitarian features.Specifically, a design patent application is a patent application for a design consisting of one or more visual ornamental characteristics embodied in, or applied to, an article of manufacture.  This may include a consumer product or a user interface of a mobile phone.  Since a design is manifested in appearance, the subject matter of a design patent application may relate to the configuration or shape of an article, to the surface ornamentation applied to an article, or t...

International Patent Applications

Do you want international protection for your invention?  A patent application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) is the best route to obtain international protection.  Specifically, the Patent Cooperation Treaty is an international treaty with more than 145 Contracting States.  The PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single “international” patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications. The granting of patents remains under the control of the national or regional patent Offices in what is called the “national phase”. The PCT Process...