For Patent Owners
Will you get a return on investment for your patent cost? Three factors to consider before paying patent costs: First to Market, Complexity and Exclusivity
Compare your invention to “prior art” – anything that happened before your invention – to discover how it is new. Patents protect “how it is new”.
A patentability search helps an inventor determine whether the scope of available patent protection may be a worthwhile business risk.
For Trademark Owners
Can I legally use the TM symbol before I apply for a trademark registration? Yes. But not the ® (circle r) symbol. Learn to use trademark symbols properly.
A trademark office action starts a legal proceeding. How and what to say is vital to overcome the trademark rejection and get your mark registered.
What do I do if a big company is opposing my trademark? I do not have the money to hire very expensive lawyers. So they win right?
For Software Developers
Software developers believe software law provides ownership of source code; good copyright protection is automatic; software patents are evil, and …
Software patents protect the innovative concepts and ideas behind the source code. If your source code does something new, you may have a software patent.
By filing a software patent application, you secretly reveal your software invention to the US Patent Office, before you sell or publish your software.