Patents



Patents are a form of intellectual property that protect new and useful machines, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. To receive an invention patent, the inventor must apply to the federal government and, if the invention patent is granted, the government will publish a full description for the invention and its use in the patent disclosure. The term of the patentee's exclusive right lasts for 20 years from the date when the application was filed. Please read on to find a patent attorney, patent lawyer, or to learn more about patent information.

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What are the rights of a patent applicant?
Hi, Got into a nasty argument with a friend about patent rights. Patent in question is: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=%228,671,381+B1%22&OS= Do the applicants in this case reserve any rights to the patent, or is the assignee the sole owner of all rights? Thanks..
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Will my business lose its competitive advantage without proper protection (patent)?
Can a combination of "certain" goods being sold at a grocery store, be protected in any form or fashion? The combination of goods being sold represents the competitive advantage of the business. If another store is established with the same business model, it will make the initial store irrelevant. Thank you in advance for your time.
If I am starting www.stonershirts.com and the word Stoner is trademarked , could i run into legal is
In Tennessee, how do you go about getting a trademark? What does a person need to do, who do they sp
I think it was covered mostly in the 150 character question above. However, I wouldn't know what else to add. Except, maybe one thing, thank you very much!!!
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