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What is the patent appeal process?

Having your patent application rejected (sometimes multiple times) may feel like the end of the road. However, once an impasse is reached with a patent examiner, there is the option to go to appeal. This leads to the patent application being reviewed by a panel of 3...

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Can your patent be rejected?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has the responsibility for approving patents, but also for denying them as well. The examiner’s role Your patent application will be assigned to a patent examiner, who will conduct a search and make an initial determination...

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A look at when patents expire

Some forms of intellectual property have perpetual protection under the law. A trademark may last as long as the owner uses it in the market and defends the mark from infringement. However, patents have a fixed time period before the law they expire. The idea behind a...

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