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How are patents, trademarks and copyrights different?

Businesses in the United States and internationally have the right to protect their intellectual property. This means that if a company invents an important technology or if a writer drafts a bestselling novel, the technology and the book can be protected from others who may wish to "hijack" it and make money off of it. In this way, intellectual property law protects the right of individuals and organizations to profit from their creative contributions to the world.

What property rights do I have while I'm applying for a patent?

In order to receive a patent, you need to submit a patent application. However, waiting for your patent to be approved could take a considerable amount of time -- time that could eat into your business profits -- especially if another company is infringing on your patent. For this reason, most business owners are curious to know what their intellectual property rights will be as they wait for their patent to be approved.

How do I perform a patent search?

The first step in any patent process is the creation of an idea or invention that you need to patent. The second step is performing a search to see if a patent already exists for your idea or invention. Obviously, if someone has already patented the idea, you can't patent it or profit off it -- and it will be time to go back to the drawing board.

What if my patent application is rejected?

Applying for a patent in the United States involves completing a lengthy set of steps. Once you choose a specific patent type and submit the proper forms, your application may still require additional scrutiny. One of the final steps in the patent process is for the application to undergo examination by an appointed patent application examiner.

Do this before applying for a patent

The patent process can be involved and it comes with specific costs. Therefore, before you get a patent, you should carry out a few tasks to ensure that getting a patent is right for you, your company and your invention or intellectual property.

Isaac Newton's historic patent lawsuit

When most California business owners think of patent lawsuits they think of legal battles between Apple and Samsung, and they think of mom-and-pop inventors getting their ideas stolen by giant corporations. They don't usually think of Isaac Newton; however, Newton is famous for more than just discovering gravity. He also pursued a well-known patent lawsuit.

Is your patent lawyer a jack-of-all-trades?

Practicing patent law, and being a patent attorney, involves wearing a lot of different hats. The average California patent lawyer carries out so many different functions that it would probably make your head spin. In this respect, one of the most important characteristics of any good patent lawyer involves being a generalist.

What are the 3 main kinds of patents?

There are three primary types of patents that people and businesses might apply for: (1) utility patents, (2) design patents and (3) plant patents. This article will describe these three patents briefly so you can decide which kind of patent might be correct for your needs.

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