Who is the patent inventor?

What makes someone a patent inventor? A patent inventor is an individual person who contributes to an invention as defined by the claims in a patent application. Companies and organizations cannot be inventors. In a design patent, the claim consists of the drawings. So the inventor of a design patent is someone who contributed to […]

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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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