Low on Time or Money? Try a Provisional Patent

There is a lot at stake when applying for a patent. Depending on how you write the claims and the specification of your patent application, and how you prosecute the patent in front of the Patent Office, you could lose potential patent rights at any point in the examination process. Filing A Patent Application Before you file a patent application, you should determine what types of patent applications apply to your invention, e.g. utility, design, and/or plant. Then you should determine your filing status: ● Large Entity - These entities pay full application fees ● Small Entity - Universities, nonprofits, individuals & small business (generally defined as having fewer than 500 employees) can receive a 50% discount on application fees ● Micro Entity - Individuals with a gross income less than 3 times the U.S. median household income, who qualify as a Small Entity, and who have not previously been named as an inventor on more than four U.S. patent applications can receive a 75% discount on their application fees.

7 Things Documentary Filmmakers Need To Know About Copyrights and Fair Use

Art doesn’t come from nowhere. Cultural progress depends on the ability of artists to make reasonable use of preexisting material, and that includes copyrighted material. This is especially true for filmmakers who operate in today’s media-saturated environment. In order to be able to comment on or depict our environment, filmmakers need reasonable access to other […]

Prior Art Primer

As you may already know, before a patent can be issued, a formal patent application must be filed with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office). A patent application contains both a description of the invention written in a way to enable others to make and use the invention and one or more patent claims identifying what aspects of the invention will be owned exclusively by the patent holder if the patent is granted.

Benefits of Utility Model Patent Protection in China

There are many countries around the world that have a system in place for protecting minor inventions, such as Germany, Australia, Japan and South Korea. China has implemented this type of system via utility model patents. The Chinese Utility Model is generally meant to protect simpler improvements such as new apparatus, shapes or structures (processes and compositions of matter are excluded), but utility model patents can actually be used broadly by companies because they tend to be faster, easier and less expensive to obtain, while providing many of the same benefits and features as invention patents. However, unlike Chinese invention patents which can last for 20 years from the filing date, utility model patents have only a 10 year term of protection.

Most Valuable Trademarks of High Tech Companies

The importance of trademarks cannot be understated in this day and age. Trademarks allow a company to establish brands that communicate, at a glance, their standards and qualities.With competition for popular products at an all-time high, trademarks allow companies to stand out from the crowd and give their potential customers an expectation of the positive […]

Disney’s Soft Robot

Disney Imagineers recognized several years ago that there is a need for robots that can safely interact with children. With this in mind, they designed a robot with soft and deformable body parts. To test their design, the Imagineers prototyped a small toy-sized robot with soft body parts (e.g., a soft skin), and found that […]