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How to do a Design Patent Search: Everything You Should Know

Design Patents are the second most common type of patent sought after in the US.  The most common is a Utility Patent, which protects the functionality of an invention. …Just to throw some numbers out, there have been over 10 Million utility patents granted, and only 1 Million Design patents granted as of the writing …

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How to Write & Submit a Patent Application: Ultimate 2019 Guide

No secrets here. This guide will truly show you how to write and submit your own patent application with the USPTO to attain that all-important Patent Pending status everyone is so familiar with.  At Bold Patents, we take pride in educating our community of innovators, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. We fully understand that innovation occurs …

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Selling Your Patent: What you Need to Know

Money, money, money!!! OK, it’s time to (finally) bring in those greenbacks, right!?  You’ve proven to the world that you know how to be bold. You’ve done the incredibly hard work to invent something new, useful, and non-obvious. Through research, diligence, tedious application drafting, and cunning responses to USPTO examiner office action rejections – you’ve …

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The Ultimate Utility Patent Guide for 2019: What it is & What it Protects

It’s easy sometimes to be long-winded in the law… so, here’s the short and sweet answer: 20 Year Monopoly: A utility patent gives an inventor (or their assignees) exclusive rights to prevent anyone else from making, using, selling or importing their invention for 20 years from the earliest filing date. Protects Functionality: Utility patents protect …

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10-Part Guide to Patent Licensing

So…you’ve got an invention! Or is it just an idea? Take a few minutes and figure out here. Maybe you’ve already done the hard work of getting a professional patent search done and have filed a provisional patent application already? Kudos to you for being patent pending! …Or, maybe you’ve even filed a nonprovisional patent …

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What’s the Difference Between Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets?

Originally wrote by James Bunts. Updated by J.D. Houvener 4/10/2019. As you probably guessed, a LOT! … well, at least to an Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney like me. From where I stand, the differences are MASSIVE. But to you, these terms may seem like legalese that all blends together… Plus, with social media, news outlets, …

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16-Steps: How to File a Non-Provisional Utility Patent Application

Yikes…16 Steps!? Yes, but this blog article only has 3 of the 16. Why? Well, in order to file a non-provisional utility patent application you need to first file a provisional patent application. Think of a non-provisional as the final lap around the race. Before you run your race you need to prep (determine patentability), …

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