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Mark Your Patented and Patent-Pending Inventions

4/19/17 | by | SHARE:

Once you, the inventor, have filed a patent application, don’t just twiddle your thumbs for 3-5 years to see if your patent is granted. Start taking advantage of that “patent pending” status now, particularly if you already have a product you are selling, or want to sell, that embodies the… Read more


How to Kill your Patent Application

4/12/17 | by | SHARE:

When you (the inventor) submit an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a design or utility patent, an examiner will review it and usually send a response – most often an Office Action. (It’s rare for a patent application to not get at least one… Read more


Top 5 Reasons an Inventor Won’t Get a Patent

4/5/17 | by | SHARE:

At Venjuris, we work on dozens of patent projects every year. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants a patent can get one. This week, I asked the Venjuris attorneys who work on patents to share the top reasons we have to tell clients that they are unlikely to obtain their desired… Read more


How Long does it Take to Get a Patent?

3/29/17 | by | SHARE:

One of the most common questions we hear from clients seeking a utility patent is, “How long does this process take?” (The other common question is, “How much will this cost?”) Venjuris attorney Robert McGee, has worked on a substantial number of patents since joining the firm, and intends to… Read more


Joint Patent Ownership: Who Owns What

3/22/17 | by | SHARE:

In a previous post, we discussed difference between inventorship and ownership in regards to patents. To recap, only inventors (i.e., someone who contributed to creating the invention) can be an “inventor,” but anyone can become a patent owner. A non-inventor typically becomes a patent owner by a written agreement signed… Read more


Recently Issued Patent by Venjuris P.C.

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Toothpick device A toothpick device for cleaning teeth includes a toothpick. The toothpick is comprised of two separable portions and has at least one pointed end. A length of dental floss is provided with each end of the dental floss being secured to one of the two portions of the… Read more


What is a Patent Troll?

3/15/17 | by | SHARE:

One of the risks of being an entrepreneur, especially smaller developers and companies, is you may become the target of a patent troll. If you get a notice from a company that might be a troll, there are multiple ways to respond to such a threat. How the Patent System… Read more


What is a Design Patent?

3/8/17 | by | SHARE:

The Legal Basis for Patents Congress established the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which grants utility patents, design patents, and plant patents under the authority of our Constitution “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive… Read more


Uber Sued for Patent Infringement for its Self-Driving Technology

3/1/17 | by | SHARE:

Last week, Waymo LLC sued Uber Technologies, Inc. for stealing its trade secrets and using its patents without permission. This case could be huge in regards to which company will dominate the self-driving car industry in the U.S. What is Waymo? Google has been developing self-driving technology since 2009. In… Read more


Recently Issued Patent by Venjuris P.C.

2/27/17 | by | SHARE:

Unsupported pelvic/spine exercise system and method   The invention is embodied in an exercise system that can allow its user to counterbalance the effects associated with a predominantly sedentary lifestyle though a fitness device that comprises a combination of (a) supporting the lower body in a manner that permits a… Read more


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