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Innovaters Patents

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Innovaters Patents

  1. 1. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />1<br />Navigating Patents<br />US and Global<br />January 23, 2010<br />
  2. 2. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />2<br />US Provisional<br /><ul><li>Provisional Application
  3. 3. Just as hard to write for priority claim
  4. 4. Needs to be global – have at least 1 claim, inventors
  5. 5. Only 12 months – then another case –US utility or PCT
  6. 6. Low cost $220 LE/$110 SE
  7. 7. >100 sheets $270/ $135 SE
  8. 8. Not examined
  9. 9. Not published
  10. 10. Never issues as a patent</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />3<br />Errors on Provisional<br /><ul><li>Disclose before filed – public or TM
  11. 11. Not well written
  12. 12. Enablement
  13. 13. Written description
  14. 14. Does not comply with all the US laws or treaties</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />4<br />Case Study<br />Filed Trademark with pictures of device in own name<br />Actual use but no proof<br />Supplemental Register<br />Filed Patent with figures<br />Named wife an inventor<br />Sold device<br />
  15. 15. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />5<br />US Utility<br /><ul><li>Original US Application
  16. 16. Can issue
  17. 17. Publishes at 18 months from 1st filed (unless file a request)
  18. 18. Is examined
  19. 19. Cost higher: Filing $330 LE/ $165 SE/ $82 electronic + Search $540 LE/ $270 SE + Exam $220 LE/ $110 SE = $1,090 LE/ $545 SE
  20. 20. More costs for claims >3 indep.; >20 claims total, size >100 pgs $270/$135 per 50 pgs </li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />6<br />Requirements<br /><ul><li>Novelty – absolute, global
  21. 21. Non-obvious – Philips, KSR, Festo Cases
  22. 22. Utility – useful vs. industrial applicability</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />7<br />US Prosecution<br /><ul><li>Several Office Actions over time, time delays
  23. 23. RCE when needed $810 LE/ $405 SE
  24. 24. Takes effort and knowledge
  25. 25. Claims can cost too
  26. 26. Patent valuable when issued</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />8<br />Maintenance Fees on US Patent<br /><ul><li>Due after issue of patent
  27. 27. 3.5 years = $980 LE/ $490 SE
  28. 28. 7.5 years = $2,480 LE/ $1,240 SE
  29. 29. 11.5 years = $4,110 LE/ $2,055 SE</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />9<br />Time Line<br /><ul><li>0 = filed US Provisional
  30. 30. 12 months = PCT or US Utility filed
  31. 31. 17.5 months = withdraw publication/abandon
  32. 32. 18 months = published
  33. 33. 30 months = national countries files</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />10<br />PCT - Advantages<br /><ul><li>File in language of Receiving Office (RO) – many national offices qualify as RO
  34. 34. Must have 1 inventor a citizen of that country or the assignee is incorporated there [IB will always accept the case from a member]
  35. 35. Up to 30 months to decide where to file national (7 Countries is break even on costs; EP = 1 with 36 countries & 3 extended)
  36. 36. Get all countries at filing</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />11<br />PCT - Concerns<br /><ul><li>Export license – US if an inventor is US or data generated in US
  37. 37. Security clearance if US government funding (DOD; DOE; etc.)
  38. 38. Costs – if intend less than 7 countries at national stage
  39. 39. Publication at 18 months</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />12<br />PCT – Where to File<br /><ul><li>Technology driven
  40. 40. Speed to market
  41. 41. Where are the markets?
  42. 42. Obsolesce
  43. 43. Licensing
  44. 44. Value received for the cost incurred </li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />13<br />PCT – Content of Case<br /><ul><li>A PCT case is a separate course for IP lawyers as it is complex to do and meet all the requirements</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />14<br />PCT - Procedure<br /><ul><li>0 Month - File Priority Case
  45. 45. 12 months – file PCT Case + Non-PCT Country Cases
  46. 46. 16 months – receive ISR/WO – can informally comment within 2 months; Article 19 - amend only claims [AT, AU, CA, CN, EP, ES, FI, JP, KR, RU, SE, US; IB]</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />15<br />PCT – Procedure - 2<br /><ul><li>17.5 months – stop publication; revoke priority claim; withdraw all designations but US
  47. 47. 18 months – publication
  48. 48. 22 months – demand; IPRP; can amend entire application; Article 34
  49. 49. 28 months – IPRP; informal comments
  50. 50. 30 months – National Phase</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />16<br />National Phase<br /><ul><li>Some countries give strong weight to a positive IPRP
  51. 51. Examination should be in 54 languages of members (no one examiner does this so many countries re-examine)
  52. 52. Examination standards are different so the art is applied wrong – 35 USC §102(e)
  53. 53. Maintenance fees are national and exponentially increase with patent life</li></li></ul><li>(C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />17<br />Filing US<br />Provisional<br />Utility<br />PCT<br />
  54. 54. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />18<br />Design Patent<br />12 months for priority<br />Ornamental design/Industrial Design<br />1 claim<br />
  55. 55. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />19<br />Design Patent Fees<br />Filing $220 LE/ $110 SE + Search $100 LE/ $50 SE + Exam $140 LE/ $70 SE = $460 LE/ $230 SE <br />
  56. 56. (C) 2010 Technology Law, PLLC<br />20<br />Now Global Ready?<br />The world is small, so know how to work in it.<br />

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