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Does Your Invention Qualify for a Patent?

Does Your Invention Qualify for a Patent?

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When you invent something new, you likely want to protect your design to ensure no one else misappropriates it and wrongfully profits from it. One way to do so is to apply for a patent that protects your ownership of your invention. However, just because you believe you invented something new and innovative does not mean it will necessarily qualify for a patent. The United States patent laws have strict requirements for what might qualify for protection, and you should discuss your invention with a patent attorney in Orlando right away. Requirements for a Patent The requirements for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to approve your patent are complex, but the following is a basic overview for a utility patent: Your invention provides a utility, meaning it is…
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Tips to Monetize Your Invention

Tips to Monetize Your Invention

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Many people have great ideas for inventions, though not everyone makes a profit as a result. This is often because inventors might be unsure how to monetize their idea and turn it into a business. The following are only some tips toward success, and you should not wait to seek invention help from an experienced invention lawyer in Florida. Do Your Research Is there a market for your specific invention? Do people need or want this product? What will the competition be like? These are all important questions to answer to know whether your invention may be a success story. Conduct internet research, ask friends and family members, and more. Protect Your Invention As you discuss your invention with different people or companies, there is always the chance they will…
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New Inventions in 2019

New Inventions in 2019

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Many people have ideas for inventions, and some people take the steps to make them a reality and change the way the world works. The following are some examples of innovative inventions so far in 2019. If you are inspired to develop your own invention, you should speak with a skilled patent lawyer in Tampa and Orlando today. Adaptive Controller for Xbox Microsoft engineers designed a controller for Xbox that allows individuals with limited mobility in their arms and hands to be included in gaming. The device was inspired by cerebral palsy advocacy groups. The Mirror You can hang this mirror in your home, and when you are ready to work out, the mirror will stream live workouts and provide inspiration from a fitness coach who appears in the “mirror.”…
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When is Your Invention More than an Idea?

When is Your Invention More than an Idea?

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Many people have ideas for new and improved products that can make life more convenient or enjoyable. However, when is it time to turn your idea into a reality by moving forward with a practical design for your invention? When you decide to try to produce an invention, there are many things to consider, and you should discuss the steps to take with a patent lawyer in Orlando and Tampa. From Idea to Invention If you cannot shake an idea that you have, it may be a sign that you should try creating your invention. It may take several tries, and you might have to adjust your design along the way. Keep detailed notes of both your successes and your failures. Once you have a working design or prototype, you…
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Intellectual Property Law FAQ

Intellectual Property Law FAQ

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Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset for businesses or individual artists or inventors. The law provides ways to protect your IP from misappropriation or use by others without authority, and an intellectual property lawyer in Orlando and Tampa can advise you of your legal options. The following are only a few frequently asked questions about IP laws. What are my options for IP protection? The types of protections available to you depend on the type of intellectual property you want to protect, as follows: Copyright = This protects original creative works, including songs, writings, photos, physical art, and more. Trademark = This protects aspects of a company’s brand, such as a name, logo, slogan, or symbol. Patent = This protects inventions, formulas, or material improvements on existing inventions or…
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This Copyright Case is “Bananas”

This Copyright Case is “Bananas”

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Bill Gates once famously said that “Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.” While the truth of that quote is questionable at best, it seems appropriate in light of a copyright case currently in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is between two companies, claiming copyright infringement over a banana costume. The plaintiff, Silvertop Associates, claims that the defendant, Kangaroo Manufacturing, sold a banana costume that was too similar to their own banana costume. The defendant claimed the plaintiff’s costume had no distinctive marks (i.e., sunglasses or brown spots). Therefore, the defendant claimed the plaintiff could not copyright a design based on a fruit found in nature. The plaintiff maintains it had a specific design for its banana, which the defendant copied. While the above…
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Benefits of Registering a Trademark

Benefits of Registering a Trademark

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Trademarks can be highly valuable, as your brand can increase consumer recognition, customer goodwill, and in turn, greater profits. When you begin using a name, logo, or something else that distinguishes your brand, you will have some trademark protection automatically. However, there are several benefits to applying to officially register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). To discuss the registration of your specific trademark, contact a trademark lawyer in Orlando. The following are some general benefits you may enjoy from trademark registration Your trademark will appear in trademark searches, possibly deterring others from using the same or similar mark. Registration prevents others from registering a confusingly similar mark. You have nationwide protection and not just in your geographical area. Provides nationwide notice of your trademark,…
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IP Protections can Help Breed Success

IP Protections can Help Breed Success

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Many business owners may underestimate the importance of intellectual property protections. However, some companies have based their success largely on branding, inventions, and other intellectual property. Did you know that some trademarks are worth billions of dollars? Also, many companies built success on patented inventions that keep them ahead of their competitors. The following are only some of the most successful IP protections of companies today. Apple - With its simple yet distinct branding, Apple relies on its branding to set its products apart from similar tablets and smartphones. Many people are loyal to the iPhone based on its specific user interface and branding, earning Apple billions of dollars. Google - With its easily recognizable logo, Google has become the most reliable and ubiquitous search engine based on its unique…
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What if Someone Infringes on Your Trademark?

What if Someone Infringes on Your Trademark?

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When you register a trademark for your brand, you expect that the trademark will protect you from others misappropriating your company name, logo, or other branding. However, there may come a time when you learn that someone is using your trademark and wonder what you can do. First, you should discuss with an attorney whether the use constitutes trademark infringement, as not all use rises to a legally actionable level. If your attorney determines that someone else is wrongfully using your trademark or one that is confusingly similar, you have the right to stop the infringement. First, your attorney may send a cease-and-desist letter to the infringer. In some cases, this is the first notice that they are doing something wrong, and they may stop voluntarily, preventing the need for…
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When to Consider a Provisional Patent

When to Consider a Provisional Patent

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After you invent something, it can take time to get it onto the market. Maybe you need to find the right developer or manufacturer if you do not have the resources to produce your invention yourself. Perhaps you’re not yet sure if there is even a market audience for your product and you want to get opinions from professionals. In either situation, shopping your product will most likely involve revealing the details of your invention. If you do not have the necessary intellectual property protections, this can allow other parties to take your idea and produce it on their own. Inventors often obtain patents to protect their ownership of their design or idea. However, applying for a patent is a complex process that can take time and be costly. If…
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