Should you file a design patent or utility patent?

Design patent or utility patent? One of the most common questions we get from startup entrepreneurs is whether they should file a design patent or utility patent. While every concept is different, certain general guidelines can help you choose the right patent application. Technical differences between utility and design patents have been discussed here. With […]

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Can you refile a provisional patent application (PPA)?

Can you refile a provisional patent application? You can file the same provisional patent application as many times as you want, and whenever you want. So, yes, it is possible to refile a provisional patent application, but not without consequences. Filing the same provisional application over again, however, will result in a later priority date. […]

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What are strategies for getting a patent sooner?

What are effective patent strategies? Getting a utility patent can be a long and expensive slog. The utility patent process is a journey fraught with obstacles that may tempt you to feel discouraged. Without sugarcoating the burdensome nature of utility patent prosecution, here are some strategies that may help you get a patent granted sooner. […]

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How to Choose a Patent Attorney

What should you look for in a patent attorney? Recently, I searched online for professionals in a particular field to assist in a new business endeavor. With only a limited understanding of this field, I reached out to a few qualified individuals with credentials covering the niche I wanted to pursue. This hiring process caused […]

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Got Moat?

Why economic moat is good for startups It’s a competitive world out there. In any area of business that appears profitable, competition seems only to increase as more companies seek to do the same thing. If you have a lot of companies offering the same product with comparable quality, then price becomes the main factor […]

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What are differences between patents and trademarks?

How are patents and trademarks different? The goal of this article is to provide a helpful summary of differences between patents and trademarks that will actually help you in making good business decisions. This is not an exhaustive list of differences. Instead, we will focus on key distinguishing features of each IP right. My hope […]

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Can you trademark before launching product?

What comes first: filing trademark or launching product? The US trademark registration system is different from the rest of the world. With a few exceptions, one generally must use the mark in connection with goods or services in US commerce in order to obtain a federal trademark registration from the USPTO. Should business owners first […]

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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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