Posts Tagged: utility patents


Weak Chinese Patent Applications and China’s Burgeoning Patent System

Bloomberg recently published an article providing data analysis on Chinese patent applications to claim that, while China receives more patent applications than any country, “most are worthless.” …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 2

Intellectual Property Considerations and Guidance for Start-Ups: Patents

Intellectual property probably isn’t high on the to-do list for most new nonprofits and business start-ups. There’s plenty enough to do with setting up an …

Match Group Sues Bumble Over Patents, Alleges Former Tinder Employees Misappropriated Trade Secrets

Dallas, TX-based online dating app developer Match Group filed a suit in the Western District of Texas alleging claims of utility and design patent infringement, trademark infringement, …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
9 months ago 4

What is a Utility Patent?

A utility patent is one of three separate types of patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can award inventors to protect their inventions. Generally …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 0

Patent Drafting for Beginners: The anatomy of a patent claim

First, every patent claim needs a preamble, which is the introductory phrase in a claim... Second, every patent claim needs a transition. The most common transitions are: “…
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 21

What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 2

Design Patents 101 – Protecting Appearance Not Function

Design patents are, in my opinion, an unfortunately overlooked patent. While a single design patent is a weak form of protection, they can be obtained quickly, rather …
By Gene Quinn
3 years ago 5

Patent Cost: Understanding Patent Attorney Fees

Fees for patent attorneys are going to vary quite significantly depending upon the geographical market and the attorney's level experience. Based on 2011 economic data, the national average …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 7

The Cost of Obtaining a Patent in the US

Estimating US patent costs is a difficult matter because so much depends on the technology involved, but answering "it depends" is not particularly insightful or helpful. What …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 18

Doing Business in China: Understanding China’s Patent System

Even with the discretionary substantive examination in a utility model patent application, they are generally much easier to obtain and much cheaper to get. There may also …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Different Types of U.S. Patent Applications

A non-provisional patent application is a domestic U.S. patent application that has the possibility to mature into an issued U.S. patent if after examination the …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Utility Patent Applications – Content and Substance

In order to obtain a utility patent one must file what is referred to as a non-provisional application or a non-provisional utility application. It is called “non-provisional” …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

Patented Wake Board Made in America by Inventor Company

Licensing is relatively easy and potentially less risk financially and less time consuming, but licensing also has its negatives. So I went to Surf Expo with my …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

A Conversation with Zup Wake Board Innovator Glen Duff

The Zup™ is perhaps the most cool and innovative wake board you have ever seen. There are a number of other patent applications pending, trademark applications pending …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 2

A Beginner’s Guide to Patents and the Patent Process

Even when hiring a patent attorney inventors still need to be engaged in order to give the patent attorney the best information available about the invention. This …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 6

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