Vic Lin

How much do foreign patents cost?

Foreign patent costs Foreign patent costs are high. If we’re talking about utility patents, expect about $2,000 to $6,000 for the initial filing in each country. That’s just the beginning of the international patent process. There will be ongoing costs in prosecuting each utility patent application in each country, although there are strategies to streamline […]

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Patent process from Problem to Idea to Granted Patent

A Problem The journey to a granted patent starts with a problem. You search for a satisfactory solution, but can’t find any. Others may have tried to solve the problem, yet each solution has its shortcomings. There might be existing patches to alleviate symptoms, but no one has come up with a cure. The patent […]

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What is acquired distinctiveness (secondary meaning)?

What is a trademark with acquired distinctiveness? Some trademarks are inherently distinctive from the start and others are not. Inherently distinctive marks generally include marks that are arbitrary (meaning of mark has no relation to goods/services) or fanciful (made up word) or suggestive (meaning of mark suggest a feature of goods/services). Marks that are descriptive […]

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How to speed up design patent applications

Can you speed up design patent applications? Yes, you can speed up the examination of design patent applications. Applicants may file a request for expedited examination (aka Rocket Docket). Keep in mind that the average wait time (pendency) for a first Office Action in design applications is about 14 months (as of November 2019). Keep […]

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Should you fight for broader patent claims?

Broader patent claims: when less is more Before we dive into this discussion, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about what we mean by broader patent claims. When it comes patent claims, broader does not necessarily mean more. In fact, it’s the opposite. Narrow claims state several elements, or claim limitations. Broad […]

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Trademark strategy: 5 steps to optimize chances of registration

How to develop a trademark strategy that will improve chances of registering your mark A successful trademark registration will depend a great deal upon the preliminary work done before filing the application. The more you can avoid potential obstacles and reduce risk upfront, the greater the chance of a smooth application process. Here are practical […]

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Patent strategy: 5 steps to improve chances of getting a patent

Your patent strategy depends on your goals Patent strategies should be dictated by end goals. So it makes sense to start with a worthy goal, and then work backwards to formulate a patent strategy to achieve that goal. Since every patent application is different, let me generally suggest a goal that would broadly fit the […]

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How hard is it to get a patent?

How hard is it to get a utility patent? Before delving into how hard it is to get a utility patent, we should define that we mean by easy. If easy means getting a patent without any rejections, then only 11% of utility nonprovisional patent applications get allowed without any rejections according to this Yale […]

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What are your chances of getting a patent?

What are your chances of getting a utility patent? Utility patents are much harder to obtain than design patents. That’s no surprise. What might not be obvious is that the probability of obtaining a utility patent is a function of time – as more time passes, the chances of getting a utility patent increase. Based […]

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