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Bruce E. Burdick

Bruce Burdick’s Legal Guides

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  • Inventors, Watch Out For Sharks (Hint: They're not the patent lawyers!)

    Becareful where you get help. To avoid getting scammed you mustbe cautious(Google the words inventor caution or inventor caution list.) Be realistic about your chances for success -- those promising help are all too eager to take advantage of you.The invention help field is a sea...

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  • WHAT IS A PATENT

    An updated guide

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  • WHAT A PATENT IS NOT

    WHAT A PATENT ISNOT NOT AUTOMATIC(It must be applied for) The Government issues patents. The Government does not know you have an invention until you tell it. The Government does not know you want a patent until you file a patent application. The Government has to protect the pub...

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  • Some Things A Patent Cannot Do

    A patent cannot be kept secret,but a patent application or "patent pending" is kept confidential by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for at least 18 months after it is first filed. An essential aspect of obtaining a patent is that a full and complete "enabling" discl...

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  • What is Patentable?

    Not every invention is patentable in the United States. First the invention must be of proper subject matter. Generally anything under the sun made by a person is proper subject for a patent. More precisely, an invention must fall within one or more of the following categories. P...

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  • WHO MAY OBTAIN A PATENT?

    Until March 16, 2013, only the first and original inventors(or those asserting such an inventor's rights) can properly obtain a U.S. patent. A person who merely recognizes the commercial merits of an existing product, or who discovers it in an ancient document or in a foreign cou...

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  • When May One Apply for a Patent?

    Time is important both as it relates to the activities of the inventor and the discoveries of others. Considering the possible history in the discovery of the wheel and cart may help explain some of the time limits for patentability. Initially, the first inventor of the wheel ma...

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  • How to Obtain a Patent

    The steps involved in obtaining a patent normally include: prepare a disclosure of the invention; conduct a patentability search on the invention; prepare and file a provisional patent patent application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; prepare and file a non-prov...

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  • SUGGESTED STEPS FOR INVENTORS TO TAKE IN PROTECTING THEIR INVENTION - STEP 1

    STEP 1: PREPARE A DISCLOSUREOF THE INVENTION Lawyers charge for their time, except sometimes for initial consultations when the lawyers are determining whether to take your case, and patent lawyers are no exception. Therefore,an inventor can save a great deal of time and money by...

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  • SUGGESTED STEPS FOR INVENTORS TO TAKE IN PROTECTING THEIR INVENTION - STEP 2

    STEP 2. - CONDUCT APATENTABILITY SEARCH A professional patent search will almost always save the inventor more money than it costs.What does a patentability search cost?A cost of$600-$1,500is typical for a professional patentability search and opinion. For most individual invent...

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