Can I File My Own Patent Application?

5/17/17 | by | SHARE:

Nineteenth-century French playwright Charles-Guillaume Etienne wrote, “On n’est jamais servi si bien que par soi-même,” which roughly translates to, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows inventors to prepare their own patent application. So, why not file your own patent… Read more

Owning a Patent vs Practicing a Patent

5/10/17 | by | SHARE:

If a person gets a patent from USPTO, it might seem reasonable to think that the owner has the right to manufacture their patented invention – also referred to as practicing their patent. But while it sounds reasonable, it is not true. Having a patent does not give its owner… Read more

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

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