The United States Constitution established the American patent system. Utility Patents protect IDEAS. Utility patents can be obtained on devices, chemical processes, drugs, methods, computer systems, and other inventions. Design patents protect the aesthetic look of an article. Patentable inventions must be novel, useful and non-obvious.
The government grants to the owner of a patent the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the claimed subject matter of a utility patent for 20 years from the date of filing the application; and, a design patent for 15 years from the date of grant. These rights can be enforced in the Federal Court system. The American Invents Act (AIA) grants a patent to the first inventor to file. Thus, it is important that patent applications be filed as soon as possible.
In order to preserve your company’s patent rights, you first must adopt procedures in the day-to-day operation of your company to ensure that evidentiary material is available to “prove up” ownership and legally “perfect” your interest. These procedures are predicated upon fulfilling formal legal requisites. Meyer & Associates, LLC can help you institute the correct procedures.
To obtain a patent, an application, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, must fully and completely disclose the invention and enable one skilled in the art to practice it. Some utility applications and all design applications require patent drawings, which is part of our service. The first step in the patent process is to obtain a patentability opinion which Meyer & Associates, LLC can provide. This entails a professional search of the publiclly available references and databases (to which we have access) that are most closely associated with your invention; and, then the rendering of an opinion by a licensed patent attorney as to the patentability of your invention. Good searches can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in prosecution fees! Remember, only novel and unobvious inventions are patentable.
Our patent attorneys with over 25 years of experience can help you obtain patents in the United States and abroad.