Patents

Patents are critical for protecting inventions and designs. Learn how and when to file one, read success stories from fellow inventors, and more.

What Are the Different Types of Patents?

An inventor who knows about patents and understands the best way to use them has a huge advantage in protecting their invention.

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How to File a Patent

Before you can profit from your invention, there are several steps to take to get the right kind of protection you need. Find out how you file a…

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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Learn how to protect your intellectual property rights—from copyrights to patents.

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Intellectual Property Assignment: What It Is and How to Make One

Just as with buying and selling physical property, transferring the ownership of intellectual property is an important part of doing business.…

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Can You Patent Your Mobile App?

Protect your intellectual property by applying for a patent at the right time and with the right details about your unique app.

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Can You Patent an Idea?

Under U.S. law, you cannot patent an idea. Understanding how the law differentiates ideas from inventions is a great way to learn some of the core…

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Patent Office Action: What is it and How Do I Respond?

It’s not uncommon to get an Office action when you apply for a patent. What is an Office action? How should you respond? Find out more about what…

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Responding to a Patent Office Action

Getting an Office Action doesn’t always mean your patent application has been denied. Find out more about Office actions and how to respond to them.

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Intellectual Property Tips for E-tailers

With nearly $200 billion in reported sales in 2011, e-commerce sales are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. In 2012, e-…

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Do I Need a Patent Attorney?

The process for getting a patent can be long and complex. Getting a patent attorney to help you is usually a good idea.

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