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Patent Application Costs and How to Reduce Them

By Bill Hilton The Challenge A significant challenge faced by many early-stage companies that are interested in filing patent applications, is that a patent application must be filed prior to any public …

When Should a Patent Application Be Filed?

            In 2013, the United States converted from a “first to invent” patent system to a “first to file” patent system.  Under the “first to file” system, if two inventors …

When Does A Copyright Expire?

By Lee Gesmer The scope of copyright law is vast – it protects traditional art forms such as books, music, photos and paintings, but also covers more exotic forms of expression, …

What is a Provisional Patent Application?

In 1994, Congress amended the U.S. Patent Laws to create a new type of patent filing called a provisional patent application, and with this came a good deal of confusion …

How To Protect Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is an intangible asset, or a collection of intangible assets, created through the ingenuity of people in the form of their brands, innovations, original works of authorship, and …