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.
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.”
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, […]
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:
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.
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.
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]