Is my idea patentable?

Assuming you have specific implementations of how your idea would actually work, then your idea may be patentable if it meets two conditions: eligible subject matter; and novelty. If the aesthetic appearance of your concept is what you want to protect, then you want to file a design patent application.  The novelty question is simpler to address with design […]

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What is an international PCT patent application?

What is a PCT application? PCT stands for Patent Cooperation Treaty, an internationally recognized system for initiating worldwide utility patent coverage with a single filing. Under the PCT, an applicant can file a single international patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and designate multiple member PCT countries for coverage. Keep in mind that a PCT application merely […]

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What is a utility patent?

What is a utility patent? A utility patent covers the functional aspects of an invention – how the invention works. The scope of protection is defined in the written claims. Why is a utility patent application so expensive? Utility patent applications are typically more expensive than design patent applications since a substantially greater amount of work […]

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What is a design patent?

What does a design patent protect? A design patent protects the ornamental appearance of an invention, i.e., how a product looks and not how it works. Design patents are typically cheaper and quicker to obtain than utility patents.  While design patents offer limited protection compared to the broader scope of utility patents, filing a design patent […]

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How to get international utility patents

When Must a Foreign/International Patent Application be Filed? For utility patent applications, the foreign filing deadline is one year from the priority date. For most US applicants, the priority date is the filing date of the earliest US application, which may be either a provisional or nonprovisional application. What Are My Foreign Filing Options? To […]

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