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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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Difference between provisional and non-provisional

What is the Difference Between a Provisional and a Nonprovisional Patent Application?

What is the difference between a provisional and non-provisional patent application? The short answer is: a whole lot! Don’t worry in this article I break it down for you! In addition, about halfway down this blog, I have created a visual diagram that helps you better understand the difference. Most of the 100+ pages of …

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How to file a plant patent in 5 steps

How To File A Plant Patent In 5 Steps

Even though this might be your initial thought, a plant patent is not a right-giving exclusive protection for an industrial manufacturing building, nor is it about protection for a secret, undercover informant. It is actually a form of legal protection for rock n’ roll-related inventions and the name is a tribute to legendary lead singer Robert Plant …

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