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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How much a patent costs from start to finish

How much a patent costs depends on several factors There isn’t a one-size-fits-all cost estimate for obtaining a patent. Many variables will affect the overall cost. The type of patent sought will significantly dictate both initial filing costs and the ongoing prosecution costs. Generally, utility patents are significantly more expensive than design patents. What can […]

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What are smart product launch patent strategies?

A patent game plan for product launch Deciding whether to file a patent application before or after product launch is not easy. While much can be said about the advantages of patenting before public disclosure, the difficulty in the decision often comes down to patent costs. Investing a lot of money in patenting a product […]

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File both utility and design patents: When does it make sense?

Is it possible to file both utility and design patents? The question ignored by most startups and entrepreneurs is: Why not file both utility and design patents? Most innovators tend to have an “either/or” mindset due to the distinctions between utility patents and design patents: either the invention is protectable with a utility patent or […]

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What is an IP strategy session?

What is the difference between an IP strategy session and a free initial consultation? Our free initial consultation covers a host of general IP questions. If more specific guidance is desired on your particular patent or trademark matter, we offer an IP strategy session where we can discuss the details of your intellectual property matter […]

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Free initial consultation: what is and is not covered

What is covered in our free initial consultation? Many prospective clients seek a free initial consultation to discuss their IP matters. Anyone who has read our articles and FAQs on IP can sense that we try to be generous with providing helpful IP information. We stick to that same philosophy in our initial consultations with […]

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