What is the first to file patent rule?

What is the first-to-file patent system? US patent laws no longer recognize who was first to invent, but rather who applied first for a patent. It’s basically a race to the USPTO and whoever files first wins the right to apply for a patent on their invention. The one who is first to file a […]

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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 countries in that US allows inventors to make public disclosures of their inventions prior to filing a US patent application. Most foreign patent offices would disqualify an invention from patent […]

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