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  You Don't Need a Lawyer to Get a Patent
But you have more imagination than money, and a patent attorney wants $7,500 to file a patent application for you.
To obtain a patent, you need to make sure your invention qualifies for a patent and you need to be able to describe all aspects of your invention.
It also cannot be for sale or be known about for more than a year before you apply for a patent.
www.nolo.com /encyclopedia/articles/pts/no_lawyer.html   (0 words)

 W3C Patent Policy
The term of such license shall be for the life of the patents in question, subject to the limitations of 5(10).
Patent disclosure information for each specification on the Recommendation track will be made public along with each public Working Draft issued by the Working Group.
In the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under W3C RF licensing requirements, a Patent Advisory Group (PAG) will be launched to resolve the conflict.
www.w3.org /Consortium/Patent-Policy-20040205   (0 words)

  Patent - Wex
Patents grant an inventor the right to exclude others from producing or using the inventor's discovery or invention for a limited period of time.
U.S. patent laws were enacted by Congress under its Constitutional grant of authority to protect thediscoveries of inventors.
Prior to a recent amendment prompted by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) (http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/trips_e.htm) accompanying the Uruguay Round GATT (http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/uruguay/), patents were normally issued for a non-renewable period of seventeen years, measured from the date of issuance.
www.law.cornell.edu /wex/index.php/Patent   (494 words)

  Patent - MSN Encarta
Patent law is one branch of the larger legal field known as intellectual property, which also includes trademark and copyright law.
Patents may also be granted for certain types of industrial designs, such as a distinct tread pattern on the soles of hiking boots or tennis shoes.
The law requires the patent applicant to disclose all information in his or her possession that is relevant to whether the patent should be issued.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761573795/Patent.html   (911 words)

 Software patent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a general definition of a computer implemented invention as "an expression intended to cover claims which involve computers, computer networks or other conventional programmable apparatus whereby prima facie the novel features of the claimed invention are realised by means of a program or programs" [1].
Patent applications also have one or more claims which set out the boundaries of the invention that the inventor asserts is his/her original and non-obvious invention.
Most, but not all, countries or regions then assign one of their patent examiners to the case to determine if the inventor is entitled to the patent claims they are requesting.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Software_patent   (2857 words)

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a government to an inventor or applicant for a limited amount of time (normally 20 years from the filing date).
The term "patent" originates from the term to patent which means to lay open (to public inspection) and the term letters patent, which originally denoted royal decrees granting exclusive rights to certain individuals or businesses.
Generally, the patent laws make it difficult for patent examiners to employ hindsight reasoning in rejecting a claim as obvious, by requiring some teaching that would motivate a person of ordinary skill in the art to modify the technology found in the prior to arrive at the claimed invention.
www.knowledgefun.com /book/p/pa/patent.html   (3005 words)

 General information about patents   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If the patent issued from an application filed prior to June 8, 1995, the term is the later of (1) 17 years from the date of issuance of the patent, or (2) 20 years from the first U.S. filing date for the patent.
The "priority date" of a patent application is the date which controls what prior art affects its patentability, whether a statutory bar applies, etc. For many patent applications the priority date is the date on which the patent application was filed with the patent office.
Unless it is desired to have the Patent and Trademark Office retain the Disclosure Document beyond the two-year period, it is not required that it be referred to in a patent application.
www.patents.com /patents.htm   (13211 words)

 Patently-O: Patent Law Blog
The court of appeals correctly held that the patent claim is invalid because PHC hemihydrate was inherently anticipated by the prior art that inevitably produced it.
The case is especially compelling in areas where dozens of patents are licensed in a single agreement that sweeps together both the good and the bad.
Whether an agreement between a pharmaceutical patent holder and a would-be generic competitor, in which the patent holder makes a substantial payment to the challenger for the purpose of delaying the challenger’s entry into the market, is an unreasonable restraint of trade.
patentlaw.typepad.com /patent   (3836 words)

 Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide
This Microsoft patent describes a heads up user interface on windshields that shows useful information for the driver right where the eyes are.
The patent details a scheme to activate "karaoke style lyrics," which then grabs lyrics and displays the lyrics in time and in sync with the music that's playing.
Microsoft's latest patent filing is finally giving us a deeper look into what they plan to do with their Live Anywhere service.
www.gizmodo.com /gadgets/patent   (1317 words)

 Xbox 2 Patent - Xbox
Today, we are bringing you a detailed analysis of a recent patent application made by Microsoft, which was approved on December 30th by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent relates to a “System and method for parallel execution of data generation tasks,” which in layman terms refers to specialized hardware that uses different processing units to simultaneously perform a series of tasks.
Finally, the patent continues describing the interaction between both modules and the necessary hardware and programming instructions to avoid bottlenecks and take maximum advantage of the system’s bandwidth to handle the geometry data between the CPU and GPU modules.
news.teamxbox.com /xbox/7421/Xbox-2-Patent   (807 words)

 Chilling Effects Clearinghouse: Patent
Patent law in the United States extends to virtually "anything under the sun that is made by man." Patents create a form of property right in new, unobvious, and useful inventions, including machines, devices, chemical compositions, and manufacturing processes.
In this section, you can find information about what patents are, what rights they confer on the patent owner, the requirements for obtaining a patent, the activities that may constitute patent infringement, and possible defenses to a patent infringement claim.
Note that computer software may be protected by copyright as well as patent law.
www.chillingeffects.org /patent   (356 words)

 Provisional Patent - LegalZoom.com
With a provisional patent application (PPA) you, the inventor, can establish and protect a "date of invention" until a full patent is filed with the U.S. Patent Office.
Finally, you can convert your PPA into a full patent at any time during these twelve months, so your invention is protected during that entire period.
Patent law gives co-owners of a patent the right to make, use, license, sell and import the patented invention within the United States in whatever way they please, without the consent of the other co-owners.
www.legalzoom.com /patent   (576 words)

 TMO Scoop - Apple Spotlight Patent Reveals 3-Year Head Start on Microsoft [UPDATED] || The Mac Observer
A patent granted to Apple January 25th, 2005 appears to reveal that Apple had a multiyear head start on Microsoft for Spotlight, the Apple search technology that will be released later this year in Tiger.
All of these features appear to be covered by patent 6,847,959, Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system, which was filed on January 5th, 2000, and granted to Apple on January 25th, 2005.
That translates into a patent application for a means of searching a variety of files using a variety of algorithms to produce results that are relevant to the user.
www.macobserver.com /article/2005/01/27.10.shtml   (4193 words)

 Patent   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A patent is a property right granted by the government allowing a patent owner the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or importing the invention covered by the patent.
The protection given by a design patent is based almost entirely from the drawings, not the words.
A PPA filed with the Patent Office must be converted into a utility patent application within one year after it is filed otherwise all the benefits associated with the PPA are lost, including the filing date.
www.youinventit.com /design_utility_provisional_patent.html   (330 words)

 Patent creates IM wrinkle | CNET News.com
The patent (6449344), originally filed in 1997, and granted in September this year, gives AOL instant messaging subsidiary ICQ rights as the inventor of the popular IM Internet application.
The patent covers anything resembling a network that lets multiple IM users see when other people are present and then communicate with them.
The patent is significant because it grants rights to one of the most popular applications on the Internet.
news.com.com /2100-1023-978234.html   (844 words)

 Patent Baristas
a component of a patented machine, manufacture, combination or composition, or a material or apparatus for use in practicing a patented process, constituting a material part of the invention, knowing the same to be especially made or especially adapted for use in an infringement of such patent” shall be liable as a contributory infringer.
After a three week trial the jury sustained the validity of these patents, the district court in a thorough opinion upheld the verdicts of validity, and validity was confirmed in three reexaminations by the Patent and Trademark Office.
Patent law is seldom full of drama so it is with great excitement that we watch the latest little interlude unfold.
patentbaristas.com   (0 words)

 Amazon.com: Patent It Yourself: Books: David Pressman   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Patent It Yourself is a guidebook that allows you, the inventor, to patent and commercially exploit your invention by yourself.
I know from some work that I have done that patents are regularly thrown out in court because of technical defects in their language.
I suspect that the second major cause of patent failures is the inventor who turns the process over to a lawyer and isn't involved.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1413300251?v=glance   (1644 words)

 United States Patent and Trademark Office Home Page
The exhibit is located in the atrium of the Madison Building just outside the USPTO museum.
Recently the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), affirmed disciplinary action taken by the USPTO against a registered patent attorney, who became involved in the activities of one invention promotion company and represented more than one thousand inventors.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces a pilot project that will begin on June 15, 2007 that could help expedite and improve the examination process in computer technologies.
www.uspto.gov   (0 words)

 Technorati Tag: patent   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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technorati.com /tag/patent   (325 words)

 patent. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
Protected or conferred by a patent or letters patent: a patent right.
Of, relating to, or being a nonprescription drug or other medical preparation that is often protected by a trademark.
To obtain a patent on or for (an invention, for example).
www.bartleby.com /61/83/P0108300.html   (193 words)

 ITworld.com - Eolas patent decision goes against Microsoft
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week endorsed a Web-browsing patent Microsoft Corp. is accused of infringing, dealing a setback to the software company.
According to a news release from the university, the patent office completed a "re-examination process" on the original patent, which was published in November 1998, and plans to issue a re-examination certificate to uphold its validity.
In a statement, Microsoft said it is studying the patent office's decision but still plans to present its side of the argument at the retrial as scheduled.
www.itworld.com /Man/2687/050930eolas   (571 words)

 Selected Patent Law Decisions of the US Supreme Court
The Most Recent Patent Law Decisions of the Court
Brenner [Patent - Prior Art - Pending Application]
Stiffel Co. [Patent - Unfair Competition - Preemption]
supct.law.cornell.edu /supct/cases/patent.htm   (59 words)

 Rich-Media Internet Application Patent Issued to Balthaser Online Inc.
This patent reflects the pioneering efforts Balthaser has made and is making in the Rich-Media and Internet Application area.",said Pelto.
The '180 patent, which has 83 claims, spans the breadth of all Rich-Media Internet Application methods, systems and processes,including design, creation and use of Rich-Media Internet applications via the Internet.
Patent Madness in the US is really frightening to me. There has been a new Patent issued to a small company name Balthaser Inc....
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/2/prweb349397.htm   (459 words)

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