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When must foreign priority document be filed in a US utility patent application?

What is the deadline for filing a certified foreign priority document in a utility patent application? Under the new AIA rules for US utility applications…

Can a design patent application claim priority to a utility patent application?

Can you file a design patent application after filing a utility patent application? Suppose you started with filing a utility nonprovisional patent application. After a…

How to speed up patent application based on inventor age

Petition to Make Special Based on Inventor Age There’s a streamlined way to speed up utility patent applications based on the inventor’s age. An inventor…

What are USPTO requirements for design patent drawings?

Strict USPTO Rules for Design Patent Drawings The USPTO has strict standards for US design patent drawings. These strict rules govern which views are required…

Can a single trademark application cover multiple trademarks?

Only one mark per application It should come as no surprise that one trademark application can cover only one mark. In other words, you may…

Small Entity vs. Large Entity USPTO Filing Fees: What are the differences?

USPTO Cost Differences Between a Large and Small Entity At the outset, one of the first questions we ask a corporate patent applicant is the…

Where can I find IP resources for startups?

IP resources for startups As an early stage startup, you cannot ignore the significance of IP. At the same time, your budget for protecting your…

How to Respond to a Trademark Office Action

What is a trademark Office Action? A trademark Office Action is a letter issued by the USPTO examiner reviewing your trademark application. Actually, a USPTO…

Coexistence Agreement: a Cost-Effective Response to a Likelihood of Confusion Refusal?

What is a likelihood of confusion rejection? A rejection on the grounds of likelihood of confusion is basically a refusal to register your mark because…

How much are flat fee estimates for PCT national phase entries?

National stage flat fee cost estimates A PCT application allows you to file your patent application in multiple countries. To do so, an applicant enters…

What is required in a petition for IPR?

What are IPR petition requirements? IPR stands for Inter Partes Review which is a proceeding held before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the…

How much does IPR cost?

A rough ballpark estimate of the costs of an inter partes review is approximately $300K to $600K.  That is by no means cheap, but may still…

How to Add New Content After Filing Patent Application (CIP)

Can you add new content after filing a patent application? Yes, it is possible to add new content after filing a utility patent application. There…

How long does an ex parte patent appeal take?

What is an ex parte patent appeal? An ex parte patent appeal is the process to seek review of a final rejection in a patent…

Is an English translation of a foreign priority patent application required?

When filing a conventional direct priority U.S. nonprovisional patent application claiming priority to a foreign application filed within 12 months (Paris Convention, not PCT), an English translation of the…
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