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Patent application types explained

The United States Patent and Trademark Office lists different types of patent applications an inventor can complete to formally gain the rights and protections that a patent offers. To make sure their requests for a patent are not denied based on application errors, applicants should be sure that they take the time to learn which patent application applies to their invention and submit it accordingly.

How trademark protection works

According to the International Trademark Association, a trademark is a phrase, word, symbol or design, or a combination of these things, that helps identify and distinguish one party’s goods from others. While not compulsory, registering a trademark with the USPTO has many advantages. This includes a legal presumption of ownership throughout the U.S., a notice to the public that the registration of the mark has occurred and the exclusive right to use the mark in or on the goods that the owning business listed during registration.

What is a trade secret

If you have confidential business information that is central to your company’s success within your industry, that information may be considered a trade secret by California law. California is one of many states that has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and it is this law that determines whether or not your business information may be protected. According to the statutes, this can include anything as unique to your business as a formula, or something as commonplace as your company’s customer list. In California, this may include any proprietary information that your employees may create.

The America Invents Act and patent law changes, part 2

The America Invents Act brought about specific changes to patent law in the United States in 2011. A previous blog post noted that the Act was effective in some ways, but it did not prevent companies from filing vague patents. These are patents that are not intended to be produced, but are filed only to create a cause for litigation when an inventor files for a similar but legitimate patent. This process, known as “patent trolling,” has inhibited innovation.

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