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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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What is the Life of a Trademark?

Many people ask the question, “Do United States trademark registrations expire?”  Trademark rights in the United States vest based on use of the trademark in commerce.  Whether or not you register your trademark with a state trademark office or with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, as long as

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Cost to File a United States Trademark Application

How much does it cost to register a trademark in the United States? The cost to file a trademark application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for one class of goods or service is approximately $875 ($275 of that is the USPTO fee for a single class

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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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