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Author: Paul Nagy

Small Entity Status and Micro Entity Status – US Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office allows some patent applicants to file and prosecute patent applications with reduced government fees by declaring “Small Entity” status.  Government fees may be further reduced for Small Entities further qualifying for “Micro Entity” status.  While declaring Small Entity or Micro Entity status may reduce

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Prior Art Searches

Arguably the most important part of a patent or patent application is the “claims.”  The claims define the metes and bounds of protection expressed in an issued patent or sought by a patent application.  The scope and validity of claims are determined in large part by information defined as “prior

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Avoiding Joint Ownership of Patent Assets

Multiple inventors typically contribute to the inventive subject matter of a patent or patent application. All individuals contributing to the conception of subject matter set forth in the claims of a U.S. patent application must be named as inventors. In the absence of an assignment of rights to a patent

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Patent Foreign Filing

A U.S. Patent may be enforced against parties that make, use, offer to sell, or sell a patented invention in the United States, or imports such a patented invention into the United States. Individuals seeking patent rights enforceable for actions outside of the United States may do so by obtaining

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