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Bruce E. Burdick

Bruce Burdick’s Legal Guides

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  • SUGGESTED STEPS FOR INVENTORS TO TAKE IN PROTECTING THEIR INVENTION - STEP 3

    STEP 3. - DRAFT AND FILE THE PATENT APPLICATION USE APATENT ATTORNEY, as this is the critical stepin your process and isnot the place to cut corners. A patent application is the document filed in the Patent and Trademark Office for the purpose of obtaining a patent.It is sometime...

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  • PARTS OF A PATENT APPLICATION - The Background

    In the background and prior art discussion, problems or shortcomings that have been experienced in practices or products known in the prior art are described. This section seeks to convince the Patent Examiner (and later any Judge called upon to uphold the patent) that the invent...

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  • PARTS OF A PATENT APPLICATION - The Drawing

    If an invention is susceptible of being drawn, the patent application normally must include a drawing as part of the invention description. The drawing should illustrate the best embodiment of the invention in order to meet the best mode and enablement requirements noted above. P...

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  • PARTS OF A PATENT APPLICATION - The Detailed Description

    The detailed written description of the invention, also called the "specification", must by law include adequate technical information, taken with the drawings, to enable one having ordinary skill in the art to carry out the invention. The specification must also include a writte...

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  • PARTS OF A PATENT APPLICATION - The CLAIMS

    While claims are placed last in the printed patent application, they appear first in the on-line version of the patent and their importance is first, since perfection in the rest of the application is of little value if the claims do not properly cover the invention.This is not t...

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  • Provisional Utility Patent Applications ("PUPA" or "PPA")

    In 1995,the patent laws were changed to provide for the filing of a special simpler, lower cost,TEMPORARYform of utility patent application called a "provisional utility patent application" or PUPA or PPA. A provisional utility patent application (PUPA) lasts only one year,is not...

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  • How important is international patent protection to small business?

    Small businesses usually start out with a small local focus, both in assessing their potential market and in sourcing new jobs. That is why small businesses create the majority of new jobs in America. They are not in a position to hire foreign workers or set up foreign factories....

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  • When, if ever, is int'l patent protection important for small US businesses

    Small businesses usually start out with a small local focus, both in assessing their potential market and in sourcing new jobs. That is why small businesses create the majority of new jobs in America. They are not in a position to hire foreign workers or set up foreign factories....

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  • What challenges, arise for small co.'s not getting international patent protections

    Simple, low cost foreign sourced goods will eat the heart out of the small business if there is no protection against foreign companies stealing the RD and thereby lowering their cost and producing with slave labor. The result is that foreign invention thieves can make and sell t...

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  • Marine Polymer case sets new trap for patentees in re-exam

    Just when we thought the new law was pretty bad for patentees trying to enforce their patents, a defendant who infringes a claim not changed in reexam is given a free ride by the CAFC an absolute defense against infringement under intervening rights. Just when I thought Dyk Gaja...

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