Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much does it cost to get a patent?

Answer: It depends on the complexity and the technology. Simple mechanical patents can range from $5,000-$8,000 […] Read more

Question: How do I find out if my invention was already out there?

Answer: For an invention to be “patentable”, it must be useful, novel and nonobvious. To find […] Read more

Question: How long does it take to get a patent?

Answer: The average prosecution of a patent application from filing to allowance or abandonment  is on […] Read more

Question: What's the difference between a patent and a trademark?

Answer: A patent protects new and nonobvious inventions whereas trademarks protect branding associated with goods or […] Read more

Question: What is a trademark?

Answer: A trademark is a source identifier. It can include any word, name, symbol, device, or […] Read more

Question: What are the benefits of U.S. trademark registration?

Answer: U.S. trademark rights originate when a mark is used in commerce in association with specific […] Read more

Question: What are the procedures for U.S. trademark registration?

Answer: The USPTO offers applicants three primary options as the underlying basis for pursuing and obtaining […] Read more

Question: What is the proper use of TM, SM, and ®?

Answer: The initials TM are a recognized abbreviation for trademark. The ™ symbol, which is usually […] Read more

Question: What is the value of trademark searches?

Answer: Before filing an application for a trademark registration, it is prudent for applicants to first […] Read more

Question: How long does a patent last?

Answer: The terms of patent protection vary from country to country and with the type of […] Read more

Question: Do patent owners have to do anything to maintain patent protection?

Answer: There are two important components of maintaining patent protection. The first is routine; U.S. patent holders […] Read more

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