Month: June 2012

Keep it a Secret or Get a Patent?

     There are four different types of intellectual property (IP): patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  There is often overlap between the different varieties of IP.  A trademark may also be copyrighted and the subject matter of a patent…

Patent Terms

     Patents are essentially a contract between the owner of the patent and the government.  In exchange for the government giving the patent owner the exclusive right to make, use, sell, and import the invention covered by the patent,…

Non-Registered Names Are Protected

     A common misconception is that business owners have no recourse to protect their trademarks if the marks have not been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  This is simply untrue.  While there are some…

What Can You Patent?

As the saying in the patent world goes, anything under the sun, made by man, can be patented.  That means that just about anything that is not naturally occurring can be the subject of a granted patent.  In fact, there…