Vic Lin

What is an independent claim?

Why do independent claims matter? If you are applying for a utility patent, it is absolutely critical that you understand how independent claims work. In order for a product or service to be covered by a utility patent, at least one independent claim must be infringed. And infringement means that each element of the independent […]

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Flat Rate Patent Applications: Who, What, How?

What is a flat rate patent application? Flat rate initial filing A flat rate patent application generally refers to a patent application that is initially drafted and filed for a fixed fee. While I don’t have statistics, it seems that flat rates are more common for design patent applications where the initial preparation of the […]

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What to do after filing a provisional patent application

Next steps after filing a provisional patent application So you’ve filed a provisional patent application. Now what? The next steps depend upon a few factors. Are you further developing the concept? If your concept is at an early stage of development, you may be anticipating further development in the coming months. If so, it may […]

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Why file a continuation before your patent is granted?

Why file a continuation application before your utility patent is granted? “I don’t know what I don’t know.” This axiom rings true for me especially when it comes to the future. My hunch is that most patent owners cannot foresee all the ways in which competitors will try to design around their patents. Filing a […]

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From Start to Finish: Life Cycle of Utility Patent Application

What is the life cycle of a utility patent application? It may help to think of the life cycle of a utility patent application as having a beginning, middle and end: Beginning: Initial filing of non-provisional patent application (approx. 1-2 months); Middle: Prosecution of patent application (approx. 1-5 years); and End: Grant or abandonment of […]

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Can a single design patent application include multiple designs?

Can a single design patent application include multiple designs? The short answer is yes, but you may want to think twice before including multiple designs (aka embodiments) in a single design patent application. However, the risk is that a multi-design applicant may incur greater costs in the long term by attempting to cover multiple designs […]

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What is a merely descriptive trademark?

What is a merely descriptive mark? Your trademark application might get rejected for a number of reasons. Near the top of the list of possible trademark rejections is mere descriptiveness. But, what exactly is a merely descriptive trademark? A merely descriptive mark “describes an ingredient, quality, characteristic, function, feature, purpose, or use of the goods […]

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Why Trademarks Matter to Amazon Sellers

Trademark registrations are critical for selling on Amazon Selling products through Amazon in the US can be lucrative if done wisely. One crucial factor in selling products under your own brand is to make sure you comply with Amazon’s intellectual property policy and block competitors from using your brand. The reason why trademarks matter to […]

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Who can sign trademark applications and filings?

Who can sign trademark applications? The following are the only persons authorized to sign a trademark application: a. a person with legal authority to bind the owner (e.g., corporate officer or general partner of a partnership); b. a person with firsthand knowledge of the facts and actual or implied authority to act on behalf of […]

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What is a trademark class of goods or services?

USPTO Classification of Goods and Services A trademark application cannot be filed without identifying specific goods and/or services. You cannot simply trademark a word or phrase in the abstract without reference to the products sold or to be sold. Accordingly, the USPTO and nearly all other foreign trademark offices categorize particular goods and services under […]

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