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How To Apply For A Patent, Trademark Or Copyright

The following information is directed to inventors, engineers and scientists working in small business contexts, as well as individuals who create gadgets or devices as a side hustle. The most honest and satisfactory answer to how to apply for these types of intellectual property (IP) is to work with an experienced IP lawyer. This approach can save time, money and headaches, while greatly maximizing your opportunities for success.

While there is much information online about these application processes, what looks simple can actually be complex. For the ordinary person who does not have years of experience and has not witnessed outcomes of litigation in all these areas, there are many opportunities to make mistakes. Some applicants commit errors that make them lose the chance for a favorable outcome.

Roland Tong, Attorney and Partner of Manning, & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP has helped countless clients protect their intellectual property through and beyond the application process. His skills and knowledge allow him to cut through the many forms and procedures efficiently and in a customized way, suitable to each applicant, type of intellectual property and intended purpose.

Application Processes For Each Type Of Intellectual Property

When you apply for a patent, you (or someone whom you hire) may first need to conduct a patent search to make sure that a similar patent does not already exist. Next, your invention needs to be accurately and thoroughly described in a patent application that is submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent application needs to include claims that broadly protect your invention and that make it difficult for others to unlawfully copy it. If you succeed at obtaining a patent, it can become a profitable business asset if you put it to good use.

When you apply for a trademark, you will (1) select a trademark; (2) prepare and submit an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), complete with a drawing of the trademark; (3) wait for a notification and then work with a USPTO examining attorney before you receive approval. If you succeed, you will have the right to bring a trademark infringement action in federal court if necessary.

When you apply to register a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, you will include the creative work that you are copyrighting or documentation of it, such as a novel, article, dissertation, poem, short story, computer program, sound recording, musical composition, sculpture, painting, technical drawing, screenplay or script.

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These are, of course, just brief summaries of IP application processes. When you collaborate with Attorney Roland Tong, a respected IP lawyer, he will listen, explain and guide you well through all requirements. To take advantage of Mr. Tong’s help, call 949-298-6867, text 949-331-2889 or send an email inquiry.