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What is the Benefit of Federal Trademark Registration in the United States?

Benefits of a US Federal Trademark Registration If trademark rights accrue through use, and you have started to use a trademark in association with certain ...

Can you trademark something that already exists, but is not being used?

How to Use a Previously Trademarked Product If a similar mark is currently Federally Registered, all hope is not lost. And there are a number ...

What Happens if a Patent Expires?

In the United States utility patents have a term of 20 years, and design patents have a term of 15 years (plant patents have a ...

What Are the Requirements for Patentability?

Limitations to Patentability In addition to being new and non-obvious, there are other limitations to patentability. For example, abstract ideas may not be eligible for ...

What are System Patents, Process Patents, Method Patents and Product or Device Patents?

One may hear the terms “system patent”, process patent, method patent, product patent or device patent. These are not different types of patents; rather, these ...

What Is Prior Art in Patent Law?

Definition of Prior Art for Patent Inventions Prior art is the term given to information (patents, periodical articles, newspaper articles, brochures, actual goods) that has ...

Is my Invention Eligible for Patent Protection?

The Meaning of New and Non-Obvious For an invention to be patentable, it must be new and non-obvious. That is, it must have at least ...

Conducting a Preliminary Patent Search: Everything You Need to Know. What Are the Limitations?

Reasons a Preliminary Patent Search is Not Exhaustive of All Patents This is referred as a preliminary search because the search, while helpful is not ...

Who Is in Charge of Patent Application Review and Examination?

The Patent Process in the United States Patent applications in the United States are substantively examined by a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent ...