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The United States Patent and Trademark Office

What is the United States Patent and Trademark Office ? (USPTO)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The role of the USPTO is to grant patents for the protection of inventions and to register trademarks.  Although patents are territorial, i.e. you must apply in each country for protection there, to make this easier the USPTO has links with other Patent Offices including the UK Intellectual Property Office before which our sister company in the UK have been helping clients since 2005.

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Miscellaneous Patent Office Info

An inventor cannot receive a United States patent for perpetual motion devices, abstract ideas, laws of nature, or naturally occurring substances. An inventor cannot receive a United States patent for an invention publicly disclosed more than 12 months ago; or in most other countries if it has been disclosed at all.

The material in this site, and/or provided by our advisors, is commercially focused and generalized information about successfully working within the existing legal framework of intellectual property, patents and patent law; and should in no way be viewed or construed as legal advice. Your advisors at Innovate are not and will not be attorneys unless this is specifically stated, so we advise you to contact an intellectual property attorney if you need specific legal information and tactical advice. We can immediately provide you with new invention help, inventor advice, design & prototyping as well as patents and protection. – See more at: Patent Application

Recent changes to the US patent systemAmerica Invents Act / ‘Leahy-Smith’


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Many changes have been made to US patent law by this Act. They have been the subject of much discussion, and we include a link below to a review of the potential ramifications of these changes.“Delaying filing patent applications after publicly disclosing one’s invention is foolishly dangerous now, and will remain so. It will also continue to destroy foreign patent rights. Delaying the filing of at least provisional applications for new products still under development will become more dangerous even if kept secret, due to … changes in prior art and its effective dates.”(Paul Morgan PATENTLY-O – “The United States Leading Patent Law Blog”)