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First-To-File … So What?

March 16, 2013 has come and gone, and United States patent law has shifted from a first-to-invent system to a first-to-file system. So what does that mean to you as an inventor?  First, you need to understand what may qualify as prior art that can render your invention unpatentable.

Patent Office Fees – The Micro Entity

By: Mark R. Malek As many of you may know, the United States Patent System recently went through a little transformation on March 15, 2013.  The biggest and most public of these transformations was the transition from a first to invent system to a first to file system (more on that later).  One thing that […]

A Brief Overview On Patents

By: Mark R. Malek In my previous article, I indicated that a patent is important to protect the rights of innovators and to encourage them to continue to innovate.  This is done by providing a patent holder with an exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell the invention that is […]

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