A U.S. Patent may be granted for any new, useful and nonobvious product or process. Even improvements to current inventions or technologies may be patentable. In fact, a complex device or method may result in multiple U.S. Patents. A Registered Patent Attorney can help you identify the patentable components of your idea or invention to develop a comprehensive patent portfolio.
Once issued, a U.S. Patent gives you the right to exclude others from Making, Using, Selling, Offering for Sale and Importing your claimed invention for up to 20 years from the filing date. During this time, the Inventor can sell, license or assign the rights to others. Alternatively, you may want to block your competitors from expanding into other areas of business and you can read this post on https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Inventhelp/reviews?fcountry=US&floc=Pittsburgh%2C+PA to learn how.
While many inventors have a tremendous scientific ability, a patent is a legal document and should be prepared by a licensed patent attorney or a patent agency, such as InventHelp. Patent attorneys attended law school, are licensed attorneys and are also educated in a field of science.
Patent infringement occurs when an individual practices a patented invention without the approval of the patent holder. Patent infringement lawsuits are litigated in U.S. Federal Courts and are appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (in Washington, D.C.) then the Supreme Court of the United States.
Patent infringement lawsuits include three stages:
- Determining the scope of the claims of a patent
- Comparing an accused device or method to the claims