What The Patent Does And Doesn’t Do For Holders
The concept of patenting appears to have existed for several thousand years. What is considered to be the beginning of formal patent protection began in Venice, Italy in 1450 and slowly spread around the globe. These regulations were quickly misunderstood and abused, leading to many decades of refining and rewriting. Today, a patent doesn’t help one to profit outright from a new idea but prevents others from doing so. In exchange for this protection, the creator of this idea agrees to fully disclose the idea itself, and explain its mechanics. Patents are limited (in most countries to 20 years), but they can be renewed (often for an infinite number of times) by the inventor, his or her heirs, or another legal representative. Patents don’t just protect inventors from theft; in some cases, they can prevent the introduction of very similar imitations onto a market as well.
But despite popular belief, patents aren’t automatically granted when someone thinks of an idea. In addition to applying for patents, applicants must meet criteria that demonstrate originality and “usefulness” of the idea. Patent applicants are responsible for tracking patent term limits and renewing them when applicable. And while courts will enforce patent violations when needed, it is the responsibility of the aggrieved patent holder to bring these violations to the attention of the appropriate authorities. And then there’s the question of international patent laws. It’s possible to hold patent rights for the same idea in more than one country. But while there are some similarities, laws and time limits abroad can vary greatly, too. If you are in need of a patent lawyer in Washington DC, call the law office of Jerry Joseph today at (888) 767-2836.
The Patent Process Can Be Involved. Get The Help You Need.
Whether you’re working on groundbreaking engineering prototypes or the latest hot toy, your intellectual property should be protected patents. But applying for patents is a detailed, time-consuming process. They require not just an idea synopsis, but often pages of technical writing and drawings. Filers who don’t complete applications properly can often get themselves rejected without realizing it. That’s why your patent process should begin with a lawyer, who can:
- research application ideas
- help with application writing and filing
- contest application rejections
- protect patent rights, go after patent violators
- file for patent extensions
and much more. A lawyer specializing in patent law can also be helpful in areas concerning trademark and copyright. There are both distinct differences and similarities between these laws and patents. As a result, lawyers specializing in patent law can often act as a trademarking lawyer or copywriting lawyer as well. Call the law firm of Jerry Joseph today to book a consultation if you live in or near Great Falls VA!
So no matter your area of creativity, don’t hesitate to contact a legal firm specializing in intellectual property rights. Your time, your money, your ideas, and your efforts will be well protected. Jerry Joseph law firm will help you with patents and trademark, call us today at (888) 767-2836 to book a consultation if you live in or near Washington DC!