This portion of the blog is a description of the basics of patents and may be used by inventors before speaking with a patent attorney.

TOP 10 REASONS TO FILE A PATENT.

1)      Monetary Reasons – Many people file patents to monetarily capitalize one their innovations. By filing and being granted a patent, inventors can gain a monopoly over a technology for twenty years. Therefore, if your technology is revolutionary than any other inventions that build of your claimed invention will require use of a license of [...]

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How can I monetize an invention by obtaining a patent?

A question I frequently get from prospective clients and inventors is “Why should I patent my invention?” Essentially a patent gives a patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, import or export there patented product throughout the United States.  If you disclose your invention and it becomes in [...]

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Celebrities, Tattoos and Intellectual Property

Living in Austin, Texas many people here have tattoos, and there are several different areas of intellectual property law that are relevant to tattoos. The three main areas of intellectual property law that are associated with tattoos are copyright law, trademark law, and patent law. These areas of law also affect an average person. However [...]

By | 2012-11-19T22:31:36+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Copyright Basics, Patent Basics, Trademark Basics|Comments Off on Celebrities, Tattoos and Intellectual Property

Will my prototype infringe on a patent if it includes patented elements?

A common question I get as a patent attorney located in Austin, Tx, is "will my prototype infringe on a patent, trademark, or copyright if it includes patented/trademarked/copyrighted elements?" This question arises when inventors create prototypes that includes elements that have already been patented/trademarked/copyrighted.  For example, if an inventor’s invention is directed towards a more [...]

By | 2012-11-15T16:41:06+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Blog, Copyright Basics, Patent Basics, Trademark Basics|Comments Off on Will my prototype infringe on a patent if it includes patented elements?

“What is the standard required for patentability if I am combining a couple of elements from different inventions to create something better?”

Many inventions that are created are combinations of elements that are already in the public domain. I question that I frequently get asked, is “What is the standard required for patentability if I am combining a couple of elements from different inventions to create something better?” This blog post by an Austin, TX Patent Attorney [...]

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Five reasons why clear and detailed figures are critical for a good patent.

1) It is important to include figures detailing each and every novel feature of your invention. As a patent attorney, inventors who have created a mechanical invention will typically only provide me with a couple of figures detailing only the most specific features of their invention without taking into considerations different ways a product could [...]

By | 2012-10-29T11:41:14+00:00 October 29th, 2012|Blog, Patent Basics|Comments Off on Five reasons why clear and detailed figures are critical for a good patent.

10 Things To Do Before Speaking with A Patent Attorney

As an Austin, Texas Patent Attorney I recommend inventors and start-ups do the following before speaking with a patent attorney. 1-      Do Your Own Patent Search While I recommend that companies obtain a patent attorney to complete a patent search and opinion, I do believe that companies should perform their own patent search before they [...]

By | 2012-10-27T10:31:07+00:00 October 27th, 2012|Blog, Patent Basics|Comments Off on 10 Things To Do Before Speaking with A Patent Attorney

Overview of Design Patents

A design patent is a patent granted for the “ornamental design” (i.e. the look) of a functional item. Design patents have been granted for a plurality of different items ranging from tangible items such as cars, computers, lamps to non-tangible items such as mobile application icons and buttons on a computer screen. The standard for [...]

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How Much Does It Cost To Obtain A Patent?

An initial question I frequently get asked by inventors or start-up companies going through the patent process for the first time is “How much does it cost to obtain a patent?” This is a difficult question for a patent attorney to answer, but as an initial ball park figure estimate at least $7000. This price [...]

By | 2012-10-24T21:51:09+00:00 October 24th, 2012|Blog, Patent Basics|Comments Off on How Much Does It Cost To Obtain A Patent?

An Austin Patent Attorney’s review of patent claims

What are patent claims? Patent claims are the most important part of a utility patent application and they define the scope of protection granted by a granted patent application. In essence, the patented claims define the limits of what the patent does and does not cover. Any other product that includes every limitation within a [...]

By | 2012-12-11T16:52:21+00:00 October 18th, 2012|Blog, Patent Basics|Comments Off on An Austin Patent Attorney’s review of patent claims