Patents Require More Than Ideas

Not every great idea is patentable. Lots of people come to me with some really good ideas, but unfortunately, they don’t pass the test of something that is new and non-obvious.

How Long Will It Take Me to Get My Patent?

A question I am frequently asked is, “How long does it take to get a patent?” As with most things, the short answer is, “It depends.”

Is My Idea Patentable?

The most frequent question I’m asked is, “Can I get a patent for this?”   Many times, people come to see me with what I call concepts. These concepts are good ideas — maybe even great marketing ideas — but when I ask them to sketch it out or verbally describe what it will look like, […]

Patent Math: When Your One Invention Turns Into Three

To understand divisional patents, one must understand how the patent office operates. When you file a patent, you pay a fee. Actually, you pay three fees bundled into one:

Remember the Children! (Patent Portfolios)

An ongoing business needs to have a portfolio of patents built around a product. To help clients remember this, I often say, “Remember the children.” I don’t mean their heirs, but their future patent applications.

My Decade Since the Patent Bar Exam

On September 9, 2008, I was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent. I received my number: 63,079.

The Latest Fashion in Fashion Patents

By Patricia Werschulz and Sandra Holtzman What do fashion designers and famous clothing brands such as Jimmy Choo®, Christian Dior®, Louis Vuitton® and Crocs® have in common?

How Long Does a Patent Last?

“How long will my patent last? What are my rights?” These are questions I’m often asked at the beginning of the patent process. A utility patent lasts for 20 years after the date it was filed. Usually, the next question is if it’s possible to extend a patent. The answer is no, except in some […]

The Strategy Behind Filing Provisional Patent Applications

In a previous article we discussed the timeline of a provisional patent application. In this article, we continue to explore the strategy that can be applied to this type of application.  

Design Patents Make Life Richer

I write this from the New Jersey Bar Association’s annual meeting in Atlantic City — and I’m thinking about tail lights, slot machines, and faucets. What do they have in common? They’re all protected by design patents. We may not think about design patents that much, but the next time you’re stuck on the Garden […]