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The Inventor's Guide To Patents

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One of the most valuable assets for many entrepreneurs and inventors is intellectual property (IP). Unfortunately, your competitive advantage could be lost without the protections offered by trade secrets, copyrights, patents, and trademarks. A Tampa patent attorney with Bold IP can help safeguard your IP by crafting a comprehensive IP strategy, allowing you to focus on obtaining your long-term business objectives.

Brief Overview of Patent Law

Patents are vital because they offer protection for innovative products and processes. It is crucial to protect your IP in order to maintain your technological edge over your competitors and copycats. Patents provide you with an exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing your invention into the U.S. for the life of the patent, approximately twenty years in the U.S.

We use three forms of patents:

  • Utility patents protect your invention’s functional features (how your invention works);
  • Design patents protect your invention’s non-functional, ornamental features (how your invention appears); and,
  • Plant patents protect your invention or your discovery of a new variety of plant that you can asexually reproduce from being used by your competitors.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) evaluate and assess patent applications. If all requirements and criteria are met, they will then issue an American patent. The time-intensive process of obtaining a patent requires detailed technical and legal analyses.

Initial Patent Consultations

Prior to retaining a Tampa patent attorney, it is critical that you understand a patent law firm’s approach and culture. Our patent attorneys at Bold IP believe that initial patent consultations set the foundation for a positive, lasting relationship. At the initial consultation, we focus on our clients’ current inventions, as well as overall business objectives and strategies. Armed with this information, we can craft IP strategies and solutions that are personalized to your needs while aligning with your long-term goals.

Searches for Patentability

Before applying for a patent, you should perform a thorough patent search to ensure that your invention is novel, non-obvious, and useful. These time-consuming searches require you to fully understand your invention. Moreover, they include a detailed review of scientific and technical literature, patent databases, and other prior inventions and art. A patent search is beneficial to make sure there are no existing patents, challenges and other prior art that could cause a considerable delay of your application. A Tampa patent attorney can help you grasp the likeliness of success of your patent application and recommend approaches to increase your application’s approval chances.

Provisional Patent Applications

Before filing a nonprovisional, or final, patent application, inventors and entrepreneurs often file a provisional patent application (PPA) first so they could designate the invention as “patent pending.” As long as the nonprovisional patent application is filed within a year of the PPA, the patent office will preserve the earlier priority date. Our Tampa patent attorney can help you assess whether filing a PPA would be advantageous.

Nonprovisional Patent Applications

The ultimate goal of most inventors and entrepreneurs is to attain a nonprovisional patent. The patent application has strict requirements you must adhere to, such as:

  • Stating clearly what your application covers
  • Providing detailed technical data, including any necessary drawings

If your application is vague or overly broad, it could be delayed or denied. Our Tampa patent attorney collaborates with you to ensure your patent application is well-written and meets the USPTO’s rigorous criteria.

Patent Prosecution

The USPTO will review your application’s claims and validity. This process is called “patent prosecution.” USPTO frequently requests amendments, especially if the patent application is vague or overly broad. Our seasoned patent attorneys can assist you through the amendment and, if necessary, the appeal processes.

Foreign Patent Rights

U.S. patents protect your IP in the United States. Depending on the scope of your business, you may want to attain patent protections internationally. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is an international patent law treaty that provides unified procedures to file patent applications in each of its contracting states. We can provide you with more education on PCT and refer you to an experienced co-counsel to help you with the PCT application process.

Consult an Experienced Tampa Patent Attorney

A knowledgeable Tampa patent attorney with Bold IP can assist you in creating and implementing a personalized IP strategy to protect your inventions and business interests. Our national firm can provide you with comprehensive IP solutions. Our goal is to help you seamlessly navigate the patent application process so that any stress and anxiety associated with protecting your inventions and competitive advantage is significantly reduced. We specialize in health care, aerospace, and software issues. For more information or a free consultation, contact Bold IP at 800-849-1913.

The Bold IP Attorney of Tampa

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Patent Attorney and Founder

Christopher Mayle-Patent Attorney

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Bold IP is an agile law firm whose main focus is to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners with their Intellectual Property. Bold IP focuses on patent law. For many inventors and emerging businesses, protecting patents is a big deal and often causes a lot of stress and anxiety. Our goal at Bold IP is to take the stress and worry off your shoulders and put it squarely on ours!

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