Thursday, October 3, 2013

Are your Patent Drawings secure?

Our October 2013 Article is out. This article is intended to present general knowledge and not legal or technical advice. Please consult with your legal and technology advisors. Patents are a form of commercial property allowing the owner to negotiate with potential investors while preserving their intellectual property rights. They allow the owner the best opportunity to profit from the invention by preventing others from copying it. Efforts should be made to secure all aspects of your invention from initial idea through the patent process. Follow the link for more.

What is the difference between design & utility patent drawings?

Our September 2013 Article is out. To understand the different requirements for design and utility patent drawings, one must understand the difference between a design and utility patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) states “In general terms, a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171). The ornamental appearance for an article includes its shape/configuration or surface ornamentation”1 Because inventions have both functional and ornamental characteristics, you can apply for both a design and utility patent for the same invention. Design patent drawings differ vastly from utility patent drawings. Drawings for utility patents show the functional elements of an invention while design drawings show the appearance and unique exterior look. Follow the link for more.