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How to Patent a Product When a Similar Patent Exists
by goffi in Business
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

What Is the Difference Between Patent Attorneys & Patent Agents?
by Uppsala9496 in Legal
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

How to Get a Patent on the Improvement of an Existing Patent
by akr in Legal
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

Product Patent Vs. Process Patent
by DaleS in Legal
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

European Patent and U.S. Patent Differences
by Creig in Legal
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

Does License of Patent Application Imply License of Patent?
by Mcad in Legal
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

What Is a Patent For?
by ElFenix in Business
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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How to Patent a Toy
by Jeeebus in Legal
If you have dabbled in creating toys, you may want to patent your invention. Patents prove the toy was your idea by requiring you to show in detail how the toy was conceived and how it is made, using comprehensive schematics. Patents prevent anybody else from profiting from your idea.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
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How to Patent Something Yourself
by Phil Austin in Business
After you've come up with a great invention, you will naturally want to start marketing it and putting it into production to make a profit. The only obstacle comes in the form of the patent. Unless you patent your idea, others can copy what you are doing and potentially steal your business. Obtaining a patent through a lawyer can be quite expensive, which is why you should consider applying for on

What Is a Patent & How Can I Get One?
by xSauronx in Business
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants property rights called patents to inventors. A patent owner has the right to exclude others from selling, manufacturing, importing or using the patent without the permission of the patent owner. If you have an idea but are not sure where to start, the following information provides a brief overview of the patent process. Patent OverviewThe USPTO issue
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