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Steps to Monetize Your Invention

Steps to Monetize Your Invention

Invention
When you come up with what you believe is a million-dollar invention, you might begin seeing dollar signs in your imagination right away. Unfortunately, there are several things you need to do before those dollar signs become a reality. The following are some basic steps to monetize your invention whenever possible. You should also never hesitate to discuss the matter with an invention attorney who can provide more detailed and tailored guidance. The following are some steps you can take to monetize your idea. Determine if Your Invention is Patentable - You might think you have an original and novel idea when, in reality, someone already has a patent for the same - or highly similar - design. An attorney can review whether your invention meets the legal standards of…
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Appealing a Patent Denial

Appealing a Patent Denial

Patents
Many inventors are excited about their designs, only to have their excitement squashed when their patent applications are denied. Keep in mind that patent applications are highly technical with many requirements, and it is all too common for inventors who file applications on their own to receive denials. Rest assured that there are options, and it might not be the end of the road for your patent protections. The best move is to consult with an Orlando patent lawyer as soon as you receive a rejection. Filing Your Appeal The first step is to determine why your patent was denied. Did you fail to provide sufficient documentation or a thorough explanation of your work? Is there a more complex legal reason under patent law? Our law firm will review the…
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Identifying Patent Infringement

Identifying Patent Infringement

Patents
Once you have a patent in place for your invention, you might be tempted to rest easy and assume that no one can steal your idea or design. However, patent infringement happens more regularly than you might imagine, and it can lead to losses for patent holders, as well as unjust enrichment for infringers. You want to identify patent infringement as soon as possible to try to mitigate your losses, as well as stop future consumer confusion as soon as possible. If you have concerns over possible infringement, speak with an Orlando patent attorney right away. Detecting Infringement There are no “patent police” who monitor the use of patented inventions. Instead, it falls on your shoulders to identify infringement and take the necessary action. This can be difficult because many…
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Federal Trademark Law Changes Passed with COVID-19 Relief

Federal Trademark Law Changes Passed with COVID-19 Relief

Trademark
Congress recently passed a major spending and relief bill called the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. As part of this bill, they also implemented some important changes to intellectual property laws in the United States, including trademark laws. These changes might go unnoticed to many, as the focus of the legislation appeared to be COVID-19 pandemic relief. The following is a brief overview of some of the trademark law changes that were enacted in early 2021. If you have questions about a specific situation, please contact an Orlando trademark attorney directly. The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 Known as the TM Act of 2020, this new legislation amends the Lanham Act in several important ways: Third parties may now submit evidence for the USPTO to consider against a trademark application.…
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Do You have a COVID-19-Related Invention?

Do You have a COVID-19-Related Invention?

Invention
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to many people and businesses for many reasons, there are some interesting things that have come from 2020. Many people have invented new products or apps that help people navigate the restrictions of the pandemic and keep themselves safe by minimizing possible exposure. Some unique pandemic ideas include: One cafe in Germany has patrons wear social distancing hats made from pool noodles A supermarket released an app so shoppers can determine when are the least crowded times to go to the store Nintendo’s popular game Animal Crossing allows you to go on virtual vacations to see international landmarks and attractions Certain companies launched vending machines for people to buy masks and other PPE on the go Pre-designed floor coverings show people how to…
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Protecting Your Software Development

Protecting Your Software Development

Patents
Many companies thrive by developing software - whether the software is for in-house operations or for sale. One way to protect your software ownership is to apply for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or for a copyright from the United States Copyright Office. The patent application process can be complicated and time-consuming, but new software is also time-consuming and complex, so it is worthy of protection. Seek help from a patent lawyer in Orlando who can handle the patent process for you. Software Patents and Copyrights A software patent can be granted for software designs deemed non-obvious and novel. You can also seek a copyright to protect the expression of your design through tangible code. Whether another party tries to steal your idea or repurpose…
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Types of Copyright Infringement

Types of Copyright Infringement

Copyright
When you have a copyright, other parties can infringe on your ownership rights in different ways. Each copyright infringement case is unique, and you want to have the right copyright lawyer in Orlando handling your case. The following are some examples of what copyright infringement claims might allege. Infringement of the right of reproduction - This claim arises when another party reproduces copies of your copyrighted work in a fixed form without permission from the copyright owner. Infringement of the right of distribution - This means that someone else had copies of the copyright and sold or distributed them to others without license from the copyright owner. Infringement of the right to derivative works - You can bring this claim when someone creates a new work that is based on…
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Recovering Damages for Patent Infringement

Recovering Damages for Patent Infringement

Patents
People and companies obtain patents to protect their inventions, formulas, and similar designs. Such protection is important because if others use your invention, you can lose money, and the other party can wrongfully gain from the misappropriation. Once you have a patent, you can take legal action to recover damages if someone infringes on your patent. So, what damages might be available in a patent infringement claim? This will depend on the details of the situation, though categories of possible damages include: Reasonable royalties - Generally, if someone is licensed to use your patent, they would pay you royalties in return for the license. Successful infringement claims can result in an award of reasonable royalties that reflect the fair market value of what the infringer would have paid for a…
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Machines Cannot be Inventors

Machines Cannot be Inventors

Invention
Last year, a human filed a patent application for an invention, though this application was different because the inventor listed was not the human - it was a machine. The invention was called “Devices and Methods for Attracting Enhanced Attention,” and the inventor was a so-called creativity machine referred to as “DABUS Invention Generated by Artificial Intelligence. The man filing the application claimed he was the legal representative of DABUS, though he did not sign his own oath or declaration as inventors must do as part of the application. So, what happened to this application? Can a machine be an inventor and gain patent rights? As of now, the answer is “no,” since the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the application. The applicant claimed that DABUS was…
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Patent Issues Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Patent Issues Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines

Patents
With the novel coronavirus threatening the lives of many Americans, as well as the crisis causing widespread economic damage, medical researchers across the country - and the world - are racing to develop a successful vaccine. When a company succeeds, how will they protect their formula? Patent Evaluation The patent process can take nearly two years to complete, and it requires no public disclosure of the development. However, it is imperative that various companies are able to mass-produce a vaccine so we can distribute it as soon as possible. Even the prioritized examination process takes up to 12 months. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program in regard to COVID-19 developments that waives fees and aims to shorten the time period to six months.…
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