Patent or Trademark?

  Introduction: I continue to receive questions prefaced with a statement “I have an idea and I don’t know if I should patent it or trademark it?”  Patent or Trademark.  The question is often stated in various ways but I think you get the idea.  There are fundamental differences between requirements and rights of patenting…

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Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

  Introduction The following is a brief summary of each tool for protecting intellectual property (IP). The tools discussed are Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights. Patents Patents protect an idea (invention) that is embodied in a device or method.  This is different from Copyright and Trademarks. The vast majority of patents are “utility patents”. There are also plant…

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PATENT TERM

Introduction The term of a U.S. patent extends for 20 years from the date the non-provisional application was filed.  Prior to 1995, the patent terms was 17 years after the patent issued.   Since the patent term begins at the date of application filing, this means that the patent term is running during the term…

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