Patent Law: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

Russ Weinzimmer, a patent attorney whose practice works with individuals and small companies to help them protect their inventions and intellectual property, has been practicing patent law for over 20 years. In that time, he’s been asked a lot of questions. Here are his answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) he gets on the process, the application and the time periods involved.

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Patent Law Attorneys: Why Having Business Experience Really Matters

Most patent attorneys have some kind of technical background as an engineer or a scientist. Then they go to law school and start practicing law afterward; however, they never really get business experience or business training. The problem is that a patent is primarily a business tool’ so hiring a patent attorney with business experience can be a valuable asset to individuals and small companies seeking to patent their inventions.

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What is a patent?

A patent is a grant of a property right by the government to the inventor. Congress allows patents in order to encourage useful inventions. The patent has a detailed description of your invention.

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How do I know when to get a patent?

You should apply for a patent as soon as you have completed the invention. There are requirements for a patent application. When to get a patent will depend on your invention and how much patent protection you desire.

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Patent Law Attorneys: Why Some Firms Understand Your Situation Better

Patent law firms and invention marketing companies are not created equal. Many simply cater to corporate clients or put the cart before the horse. However, some firms really do understand the situations involving individuals and small companies seeking patents’ and in many cases, are dedicated to helping the type of client for which most patent law firms have no interest.

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Patent Lawyers: What They Do, How They Differ & How to Choose the Right One

When you’re seeking to patent your invention, you need a patent lawyer. Patent law is a highly specialized area of the law and a good patent lawyer will make sure that your invention is protected. Russ Weinzimmer, a patent attorney whose practice works with individuals and small companies to help them protect their inventions and intellectual property, explained what patent lawyers do, how they differ and how to choose the right one for your situation.

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How long does a patent last?

How long patent protection lasts depends upon the type of patent being issued and the country issuing the patent. Find specific information on length of patent protection according to the type of patent here.

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I have a great concept. Can I patent it?

Patents are protections granted to inventors that prevent others from making or selling an invention. In fact, the original patent application required a working model of the invention along with the application. While modern patents are available for designs, there are no patents available for concepts.

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