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  • China Patent Agents and Intellectual Property Attorneys  By : Nathan Martyn2 Nathan Martyn2
    Chances are the latest Adidas t-shirt you just bought has a ‘Made in China’ tag on it. No matter what aspect of modern day manufacturing one looks into, China is the land of promise. Organizations all over the US and Europe are investing millions of dollars in outsourced production centers in China, but piracy and counterfeiting is still the biggest concern for organizations. In 2006, US industry lost nearly $512 billion dollars due to piracy and counterfeiting. Today, everything from fake Gucc
  • Sizing Up A Great Tent  By : Bud Sayce
    Shelter is not a luxury; it's a basic necessity of life. So it makes no sense to leave for an overnight camping trip without providing yourself with a dependable source of shelter.
  • Why A Patent Lawyer Can Be An Inventor's Best Friend  By : Gregg Hall
    Some may think that brilliant men like Thomas Edison and Nicolai Tesla are rare these days but I know better. As a matter of fact I have a friend who is a certifiable genius inventor, inventing things like an engine that runs on tap water and a device that increases gas mileage by nearly 40%.
  • Do It Yourself Patents  By : T J Madigan
    For those who cannot afford to dish out thousands of dollars for a patent lawyer, do it yourself patents can be a great alternative. Do it yourself patents can be done if you are up to the challenge. It is not impossible although the biggest drawback on do it yourself patents is that you are not afforded the luxury of having professional advice.
  • A Brief Look Into Filing US Patents  By : Dennis Cole
    If you have an idea or invention you may need a US Patent to protect it. Someone else could steal your idea, so it is always a good idea to understand patents and what they can do for you.
  • To Successfully Enforce Your Patent Do Not Let Form Triumph Over Substance While Writing The Patent  By : Xavier Pillai
    You may have a fantastic invention and obtained a patent for it but you will fail to stop the infringer if any one of the many formality requirements of the patent laws are ignored when writing the patent.
  • To Crush Your Competition A Strong Patent Is Important Learn How and Why  By : Xavier Pillai
    To win in a patent lawsuit, you must have a strong patent, a patent that contains a broad as well as a narrow definition of your invention.
  • The Patent Office Proposes New Rules That Could Increase Burden On Patent Applicant  By : Xavier Pillai
    If the proposed new rules take effect, the patent applicant must excercize great care in disclosing documents that pertain to the invention. It is important to secure a patent and not create potential ammunition for a competitor to defeat the patent.
  • Are You Prepared To Face The Patent Office As It Is Going To Grant Only Narrow Patents?  By : Xavier Pillai
    A patent application is a serious legal document and should be prepared with great care. This requires knowledge of the industry, i.e., what has been done before and what the competition might try to get around the patent. In the wake of the proposed rules, the importance of writing a good patent application cannot be overemphasized.
  • A Strong Patent Is Important To Halt Infringer's Operations, Says U.S. Supreme Court  By : Xavier Pillai
    A patent does not guarantee that you will be able to stop an infringer. Just make sure that the patent is strong and squeaky clean, and that there is no skeleton in the closet.
  • Can you start selling your invention before patenting it?  By : Xavier Pillai
    Chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies spend large sums of money so that their employees burn the midnight oil and come up with great inventions, be it on a novel drug treat heart disease or a process to make large quantities of a chemical used in the manufacture of a plastic. Those inventions may be of little value if the company did not file for a patent in a timely manner.
  • Shouldn't Great Inventions Deserve Iron-clad Patents?  By : Xavier Pillai
    Chemical and pharmaceutical industries protect their inventions by securing patents. However, they realize, much to their surprise and their bottom line, that the patents do not hold up to scrutiny by lawyers and courts. This article provides practical tips to securing strong patents.
  • Do you Have an Invention or an Idea for an Invention  By : James Hunt
    What are inventions? Well, basically an invention is when someone comes up with an idea or an object that has never been thought of before...
  • Checking Credentials Before Hiring Anyone to Help You Patent Your Invention  By : Lisa Parmley
    Many businesses make more than a decent living helping inventors just like you make money from their inventions. From filing a patent to licensing and marketing your invention, someone is around every corner offering assistance.
  • Short Guide to Patent Protection and Patentability  By : Lisa Parmley
    What can be protected?
    Determining what qualifies as a patentable invention is a highly difficult and complicated task. Patent laws state that "Anything under the sun that was invented by man qualifies as patentable". Simple enough, but if you notice, there are hundreds of pages full of exceptions and details on the idea of patentability following this phrase. Scores of appeals and patent court cases have arisen due to questions regarding patentability because it still hasn't, and probably never will be entirely pinned down.
  • The In's and Out's of Gaining a Patent  By : Lisa Parmley
    Please note that there is more to gaining a patent than just filing an application and waiting. It is possible that this is all you will have to do, but unlikely. Once a patent application is sent in to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), it will be assigned to a patent examiner.
  • Types of Patents Granted by the USPTO  By : Lisa Parmley
    Inventions may qualify for a utility, a design or a plant patent as set out by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This article attempts to provide you with an overview on each of these patent types.
  • Patents and Fees: An Overview  By : Lisa Parmley
    Gaining a patent on your invention can be an expensive undertaking. From beginning to end, here are the basic fees you will need to be prepared to pay. Please realize that many others may crop up depending on how complex the prosecution becomes for your patent.
  • Using an Invention Submission Company to Submit Your Invention  By : Lisa Parmley
    You hear them on late night television, newspapers and magazines, even the radio and the internet. The ad goes something like this, "Hey inventor, call our toll free number and we'll help you protect your idea and get rich quick".
  • How to Handle Patent Infringement?  By : Lisa Parmley
    Who will be there when things go wrong?
    Due to the trouble, expense and the risks involved with gaining a patent, you might be lulled into thinking that the government will be there to lend you a helping hand when it comes time to enforce the rights your patented invention.
  • Getting Your Patent Application Facts Straight  By : Lisa Parmley
    Even if you choose to use a patent agent or attorney to help you protect your invention, you will still have some work to do. After all, it's your invention. And they need you to communicate the in's and out's of it as best you can.
  • Patent Practitioners: Separating the Good from the Bad  By : Lisa Parmley
    If you choose to hire a patent practitioner, they will help you throughout the complex patent process. You may even consider granting them power of attorney over your patent application.
  • So You've Invented Something, Now What?  By : Lisa Parmley
    So you've invented the next big thing (or at least something that may solve a problem for a select group of people)? Now what?
  • The Inventor's Dilemma  By : Lisa Parmley
    So you've done your homework (or are planning on being diligent about it at least). And you've decided to definitely forge ahead and gain a patent on your invention. So now what? Well, first of all, be warned that patenting your invention will cost you several thousand dollars. The fee varies widely; you will ultimately need to receive an estimate from the professional you choose.
  • The Beginnings of a Quality Patent Search  By : Lisa Parmley
    Hopefully you realize that before you do much of anything, you need to look at the marketability of your invention.

    Remember, you don't want to do anything until you have a good feel for whether or not you can actually make some money from your invention. Of course, you can't ever determine with 100% accuracy if you will make money or how much, but you can gain an idea by looking at other products available in the marketplace.
  • Detailed Patent Search Tutorial  By : Lisa Parmley
    You can get a reasonable patent search for a few hundred dollars. An in-depth comprehensive search will cost more (around a $1,000).

    But before you spend any money at all applying for a patent, reducing your invention to practice, or building an expensive prototype, you can start searching around all on your own.

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