The patent system supports and encourages technological innovation and promotes economic development. A patent can protect a new inventions and cover how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. A patent is a right granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem, and may be a product or a process Patents are a form of intellectual property.
The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty and non-obviousness.
The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission.
A design patent protects only the ornamental appearance of an article, and not its structure or utilitarian features. If a design is utilitarian in nature as well as ornamental (such as computer mouse design which is more comfortable to use), a design patent will not protect the design.
Our firm can offer professional advice, for example in connection with a novelty search to clients about the possibility of obtaining patent protection for an invention, and about the risk of infringement by the use of the invention. We have patent attorneys authorized to represent applicants in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
We prepare and file patent applications and deal with these until the patent is granted by filing letters of reply, discussing with the examiners, lodging appeals etc. in the United States as well as abroad. We file oppositions against patent applications/patents from competitors of our clients and defend patents/patent applications of our clients against opposition.
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