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What Is the Difference Between Patent Attorneys & Patent Agents?
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Are you an inventor who wants to patent a new tool, manufactured product or a business method? Both patent attorneys and patent agents are thoroughly knowledgeable about the art of successfully drafting and filing patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Both attorneys and agents perform essentially the same function with respect to ensuring that an inventor's patent

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How to Patent a Product When a Similar Patent Exists
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Patents protect very specific aspects of a product, and you will not be able to patent anything that exhibits or performs any of the protected characteristics of another patent-protected invention. You can, however, patent something similar, though you may have to hire a lawyer to help write the patent application in a way that does not overlap with any existing patent.Difficulty:ChallengingInstru

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Product Patent Vs. Process Patent
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A patent grants intellectual property rights for manufacturing, marketing and selling a product. An inventor, or the company he works for, can obtain a patent from the government via the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Product PatentA product patent provides benefits to an inventor of a tangible object. For example, if a person creates a new computer chip, computer companies that use that chi

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European Patent and U.S. Patent Differences
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If you are seeking to have your intellectual property protected in the United States and Europe, it is vital to know there are marked differences between the two patent systems. Depending on the type of intellectual property you want to protect, how covered you are --- and in some cases whether you can be covered at all --- will vary based on which system you are dealing with. First to Invent v

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How to Get a Patent on the Improvement of an Existing Patent
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Perhaps you've written additional code that works with an existing software program. Or you've added a feature to a kitchen tool, such as attaching a magnet to a cooking mitt. Regardless of what improvement you've created, you've made an existing technology better. Some of these improvements can be patented---even if they're based on an invention that is already protected.Difficulty:ChallengingIns

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Does License of Patent Application Imply License of Patent?
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Just like the owner of a patent, a patent applicant can also transfer rights to an invention through a license. A license of a pending patent application gives the licensee rights to use the invention without liability for patent infringement if the inventor later receives a patent. However, a license of a pending patent application does not imply a license of a patent because the invention has no

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How to Get a Patent for a Kid
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A patent is a right or rights given to an inventor by the government for a particular product, idea or service. These rights give the owner sole control of the item's distribution and profits derived from it. Any outside entity wanting to buy, distribute or mimic this product or idea will have to pay the owner of the rights. Anyone can have an idea for an invention, including some of the most imag

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What Is a Patent For?
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Intellectual property describes ideas and works created with the mind such as new inventions, art, literature and music. Intellectual property is an important field in business and law since many businesses use novel designs and inventions to make profit and competitors may attempt to steal or copy such designs and inventions. Patents are a type of intellectual property protection granted by the U

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US Patent Act
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The first U.S. Patent Act was established in 1790 during the time period of the Thirteen Colonies. The original act was replaced in 1793 with more detailed explanations. The U.S. Patent Act of 1952 created the structure that is currently in use. History of the PatentThe idea of a patent is believed to have begun in Italy in the 1400s. Patentshub.com explains that the first U.S. patent was given

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What Is a WO Patent?
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The prefix WO is attached to a patent awarded and administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Patents administered by WIPO are protected under the organization's position as an agency of the United Nations (UN). HistoryThe WIPO international intellectual property system was created in 1967 and came into force in 1970. WIPO became an agency of the UN in 1974, with its he

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