Any inventor, of any nationality, is welcome to apply for a patent with the United States Patent Office and the patent applicant may be represented by any patent attorney who is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If you are a potential foreign applicant to the USPTO, here are a few things you should know.
Many first-time inventors are not aware that obtaining a patent is an adversarial process. As a result, they are surprised when their patent application is initially rejected by the Patent Office. This has led many first-time inventors to give up on their patent application.
Patents grant inventors the right to use, sell, manufacture, distribute, import, and export a new invention for a fixed period of time. In other words, the patent legally prevents others from using, selling, manufacturing, distributing, importing, or exporting the patented invention. These rights can be enforced by a court if the patent holder learns of any infringement of their patent.
T.C.A. § 29-39-104, a Tennessee state statute which caps punitive damages at 2x awarded compensatory damages, or $500,000, whichever is greater, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday. In the opinion, Judge Eric Clay says, “On cross-appeal, plaintiff argues that the statutory punitive damages cap, T.C.A. § […]
“Strong, lightweight, folding wooden sawhorse” patent issues for inventor Harvey Wysong. AbstractA portable, lightweight, folding, wooden, sawhorse which utilizes precision wood joinery, wood screws, and glue to greatly increase vertical strength, lateral strength, and the rigidity of the sawhorse which significantly exceeds the vertical strength, lateral strength, and rigidity of larger, heavier sawhorses. Source: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20160176040A1
Inventor Brandon Hardin, President of Joyce Development, was featured recently in a KnoxNews article on his win of the Knoxville Area Urban League’s Paradigm Challenge. Hardin won the contest’s technology category, receiving a $10,000 prize which will help him develop a production-ready prototype for his command glove invention. Read more at https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/business/2018/01/03/40-under-40-brandon-hardin-33-president-joyce-development/931410001/
Innov865 Alliance, a partnership of the UT Foundation, ORNL, PYA, UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Three Roots Capital, Tennessee Valley Authority, Launch Tennessee and Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, will host its annual Innov865 Week from September 18-22. The week will conclude with a competiion at the Bijou Theatre where contenders will make their pitch […]
Depending on the complexity of your application, fees may increase. Fees are also required for the examination and maintenance of your patent and do not include attorney preparation fees. If you have an idea you are interested in patenting, please contact us today. We can help you navigate the process of filing a patent application and help ensure that your idea is protected properly.
Patent law benefits our society by encouraging inventors to invent and share their ideas with others. If an individual is able to enjoy the fruits of their ideas and efforts, more people will invent. This has been a driving force in the U.S. economy since its founding and has led to the greatest standard of living of any human civilization.
The costs to file a patent application involve attorney expertise in preparing the application and filing fees. Filing fees, which are paid to the US Patent Office, are significantly lower than the cost of preparing the application. Preparing a patent application requires describing the invention, describing the existing publicly known technology similar to the invention, preparing professional drawings of the invention, and drafting claims specific to your invention.
A granted patent gives its owner “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” or “importing” the new and useful invention in the United States. There are three types of patents: Utility, Design and Plant.
A trademark (or servicemark) is a word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade with goods (or services) to indicate the source of the goods (or services) and to distinguish them from the goods (or services) of others…
Several factors determine whether or not an idea is patentable including whether the invention is truly new, is useful and non-obvious. Processes, machinery, compositions of matter, designs, plants and even sub-molecular units may be patented. The various classes of subject matter that may be patented include virtually everything man made and their manufacturing processes.