Patent Law Attorney Directory - A complete listing of Patent Attorneys and Patent Law Firms in the United States
Patent Law Attorney Directory is your source for finding United States Patent Law Firms and United States Patent Attorneys
who specialize in Patent Law. Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents have a technical background, such as engineering, physics
or biochemistry. Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents are both required to pass the Patent Bar exam which enbables them to
represent clients in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patent Attorneys who have attended law school
and obtained a degree in law must pass a state bar exam in the state in which they intend to practice. Although a law degree
is not required to take the Patent Bar exam, many Patent Attorneys chose to obtain a law degree in order to represent their
clients in all legal aspects regarding patents, including litigation and licensing of patent rights.
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More about Patent Law
A patent is a right, granted by the United States to an inventor, to exclude others from making, using, selling
or importing an invention throughout the United States without the inventor's consent. The inventor may license or
sell the rights defined by the Claims of the patent. There are two types of patents issued by the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - utility and design.Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Licensing
A utility patent protects the function of an invention. Utility patents are granted for any new, useful and
non-obvious process, machine, manufactured article, composition of matter, or any new and useful improvements
to any of these types of inventions. The term of a utility patent is 20 years from the date of filing.
Utility patents are usually more desirable than design patents.
A design patent protects the overall appearance of an invention and is granted for any new, original and
ornamental design for an article of manufacture. The term of a design patent is 14 years from the date of
issuance. A design patent should only be chosen if the appearance of the invention is important, otherwise utility
patent protection should be sought.
Patenting your invention also allows you to prevent others from making, using or selling your invention
throughout the United States without your consent. A patent is also considered as an asset in financial
accounting and can increase in value over time. Thus, a patent can increase the value of your business
because it is viewed as a valuable asset by banks and potential purchasers of your business.
Your patent may be sold outright to another for monetary remuneration or you may license your patent to
one or more parties for a percentage of revenue. Alternatively, you may be the exclusive manufacturer of
your invention. Whether you are a business or an independent inventor, a patent is a valuable asset and
protects you from unscrupulous individuals who could benefit from your ideas.