Can a Late Patent Maintenance Fee be Paid?

Is there such a thing as a patent renewal? Sort of. The US does not call them patent renewals. Instead, they are called maintenance fees. So while the US does not have patent renewals per se, a US utility patent does have has a series of payment deadlines in order to keep the granted patent […]

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What is a utility patent?

Is a utility patent right for you? A utility patent covers the functional aspects of an invention, how the invention works. The scope of protection is defined in the written claims. The USPTO has provided an extensive guide on the nonprovisional utility application filing process. A design patent, on other hand, covers only the ornamental […]

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