Patent Applications

Where can I find an IP checklist for startup companies?

What is an IP checklist? An IP checklist helps a startup company to make sure that fundamental IP rights are adequately protected. At a minimum,…

Patent Opposition: How to Challenge a Pending Patent Application

Is there a way to challenge or oppose a patent application? Yes, any third party may file a preissuance submission to oppose a utility nonprovisional…

What are your patent pending rights?

What rights do you have while patent pending? Can a patent filer can stop copycats and would-be infringers while their patent application is pending? The…

What are the foreign filing deadlines for patent applications?

What are patent foreign filing deadlines? A foreign filing deadline refers to a specific date by which an applicant must file a foreign patent application…

Is a new Power of Attorney required to pay a patent maintenance fee?

Is a Power of Attorney required to pay a maintenance fee? If a new patent attorney or law firm plans to pay the maintenance fee…

Can an Assignee be named the Applicant in a U.S. national stage patent application?

Can an Assignee also be identified as an Applicant in a US national phase application? Yes, if the earliest filing date of the US national…

Patent grace period: Can you patent an invention after showing it?

Can inventions be publicly disclosed prior to filing a US patent application? The US patent system is different from the patent laws of most foreign…

How to Pay a Late Patent Maintenance Fee: Reviving a Utility Patent

Is there such a thing as a patent renewal? Sort of. Instead of patent renewals, they are called maintenance fees. Maintenance fees apply only to…

Provisional vs. Nonprovisional Patent Application: What are the differences?

What are the differences between provisional and nonprovisional patent applications? A nonprovisional patent application is normally considered the regular utility patent application. It is what…

Is my idea patentable?

What makes an idea patentable? If you have specific examples of how your idea would actually work, then your concept might be patentable if it…

What is a PCT application? How to Get Foreign Utility Patents

PCT Application: The Gateway to Obtaining Foreign Utility Patents Are you considering foreign utility patent protection? A Patent Cooperation Treaty application is a single utility…

What is a utility patent?

Is a utility patent right for you? A utility patent covers how an invention works. Unlike a design patent which covers how a product looks,…

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