Copyright Law protects authors of “original works of authorship” and is provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). This protection extends to both published and unpublished works including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. The owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to (or authorize others to)…
Ideas should belong to inventors. Until March 2013, United States Patent Law protected inventors through the “first to invent” rule. Under the “first to invent” rule, when two or more inventors filed a patent application for the same invention, the patent office would award the patent to the inventor who was first to conceive and diligently reduce the invention to practice, even if the first inventor was not the first to file a patent application.
“Computerized analysis of genetic profiles via internet portals” patent issues for inventors Dawn Irion, Tom Boyd, Kevin Jones, Mark Boyd and Michael Boyd of Knoxville, TN. AbstractA computer-implemented process and apparatus for storing, accessing, and comparing genetic profiles in a form suitable for amateur human analysis is provided. The process includes imputing and storing data […]
There are essentially three types of patents: Utility, Design and Plant.
To discuss further which type of patent application applies to your situation, please contact Tennessee Patent Law.
Provisional patent applications allow the inventor to establish an early effective filing date by filing a simpler version of a non-provisional application for a patent. Once filed, the inventor may apply the term “Patent Pending” to their invention. Provisional applications may only be filed for Utility and Plant patent applications.
Then you might want to check out the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency. The ETEDA is a regional marketing and business recruitment organization that provides site location information and assistance. They have provided free and confidential assistance to companies considering the region as a location for over twenty years.
Under pressure from lobbyists for Big Business and Pharmaceutical companies, Congress passed, and Obama signed, the America Invents Act (AIA) into law in September 2011. The AIA changed the long-standing “first to invent” standard to a “first to file” standard. Before the AIA, when two inventors disagreed over who owned the invention, patent law favored […]
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