Patents and Trademarks
What does it take to get a patent?
Patent ProcedurePatentable inventions involve (1) compositions, (2) articles of manufacture, (3) machines, (4) processes for making one of those three things, or (5) new and useful improvements for one of those four things.
For a patentable idea, at least make some rough sketches of your idea, if a drawing fits. Write at least a paragraph or two about how it works and what it does.
I need the inventor(s) name with middle initial, home address, date of birth, citizenship and telephone number.
Please keep your invention secret. See perronepatents.com. Being the first to file your patent application is very important. The United States now favors the first to file as dominant person in the patent application process.
The free searches at uspto.gov and google.com/patents are about one percent effective. My full search usually knocks out half of my clients.
The only perfect search finds information that knocks out the invention. If such information is not found, it proves only that it was not found.
Twice in my over 35 years of private practice, after my search, a Patent and Trademark Office search and an issued patent, material, that showed the patent should not have been issued, appeared and the patent was worthless.
The following comments are generic as to patent costs. There is no real answer to these questions, until more is known about the invention.
Most patent searches are accomplished for about $2,000.00, although within the last six months, there have been two $3,000.00 patent searches. Searches are usually completed within 20 days of receiving payment of the $2,000.00.
The cost of filing a utility patent application with about 10 drawing figures, is usually about $5,000.00 to $7,000.00, including drawings and filing fees. What the invention is and the time it takes to prepare the application determines the cost. The payment of $3,000.00, will start preparation of a rough draft, which should be completed within two weeks after payment. The filing of the patent application depends on how fast the client gets back to me, after reviewing the rough draft. Filing a design patent application costs about $2,000.
The patent application will be rejected at least once, and I work with the client to respond to the rejection. There are attorney's fees involved with the response.
For more information, see perronepatents.com
Copyright (C) 2017, Mathew R. P. Perrone, Jr.
Trademark ProcedureWhat is your trademark? What are the goods or services, on which, you use the trademark? Corporate or LLC names should be searched, before filing with the Illinois Secretary of State.
A free trademark search is available at uspto.gov. Each mark searched is usually $500.00, possibly less, if the searches have overlapping search areas. A logo adds $250.00 to the search costs. You may do a partial search at uspto.gov. I would still have to complete the search.
If no one has a similar sounding or similar appearing mark for similar goods or services, you may be able to get a trademark.
If the mark clears the search, each application can usually be filed for $600.00 attorney's fees, plus $275.00 per class filing fee, possibly less.
The application usually gets a response from the Patent and Trademark Office, which in turn, requires my response. Time determines how much the response costs. Such costs are usually around $300.00.
If the Patent and Trademark Office approves the application, it is then published for opposition. If there is no opposition, the application can mature into a trademark registration.
If your trademark is descriptive, attaching a design to it would be helpful. If no one has a similar sounding, similar appearing mark for similar goods or services, you might able to get your mark.
A trademark can be a word or words with or without a design. A trademark search is required before one picks a company name or chooses to advertise goods or services under the mark.
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I'll need your name with middle initial, your home or your business address, your date of birth, your citizenship and your telephone number. Alternatively, I need the company, address, and state where the company organization was filed.
For more information, see perronepatents,com and call to schedule an appointment.
Copyright (C) 2015, Mathew R. P. Perrone, Jr.