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Licensing or Assignment: Which is Better?

You are an inventor. You’ve just come up with a great invention that you are sure will sell. You go get a patent on this great idea. Now it is time to start making money from it. Problem: You don’t have the resources or capital to mass produce your great invention. So now you have […]

Some Local Patents Recently Awarded

Being an Orlando patent law firm, we like to keep a close eye on what’s happening with newly issued patents that were filed on behalf of those in our local Orlando area.  After doing a patent search and finding some really interesting creations, we found a few we’d like to share: Issued:  4/22/2014 – The […]

PPH: Timing Is Everything

Generally speaking, the various Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs in which the United States has participated since 2006 have all allowed patent applicants to use successful examination of a patent application in one jurisdiction to expedite examination of a related application in another jurisdiction.  However, despite improvements in usability after years of pilots, the rules […]

Why You Need A Patent

A patent could be essential to protecting your invention and making sure that others do not profit from your invention. Without a patent, there is little or no way to stop someone from making, using, or selling your invention.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From

This is a great video that outlines where good ideas come from. This is an advertisement for the book by Steve Johnson. A great video to really help inventors getting started, and to help people running a business do so more efficiently.

Getting A Refund From The Patent Office If You Are Now A Small Entity

By: Mark R. Malek This concludes the series of articles that I have been writing on entity status in the United States Patent Office.  The first article introduced the new micro-entity status.  The next article gave some background information on what would happen if you claimed the wrong entity status before the USPTO, and the latest […]

Reviving An Abandoned Patent Application

By: Mark R. Malek If you haven’t noticed, many of my posts lately have revolved around the questions that I get from various clients.  This one was a tough one. Not necessarily from the perspective of not knowing what to do, but having to hear the horror story from this client.  Unfortunately, it is a […]

Patent Maintenance Fees

By: Mark R. Malek So you have just received your Notice of Allowance for your patent application.  In the Notice of Allowance, there is a requirement for you to pay an issue fee and a publication fee.  You may have paid the publication fee early pursuant to a request for early publication.  Section 1129 of […]

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 […]

The Duty of Disclosure When Filing A Patent Application

By: Mark R. Malek Generally speaking, the patent application process is not an adversarial one.  In other words, it is not like litigation where there is a plaintiff and a defendant with opposing views that are generally not aligned.  Instead, the patent application process is one in which the patent applicant (inventor) works hand in […]

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