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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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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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