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How to Hire a Great Business Lawyer

A good foundation is crucial in starting any business and one of the pillars that keep a business stout and upright is a great business lawyer. As a business owner, you want to allot your focus and energy in running and growing the business while someone else is on top of understanding the legalities that surround the business. Just how crucial is it to have an attorney right at the very beginning of your business journey? Continue reading

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Can I use photos when filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)?

Einstein asked: Websites on filing patents yourself seem divided in opinion on this matter. Some recommending photographs, others almost insisting I submit drawings in India ink. What’s the bottom line? Provisional patents are only good for a year; not much … Continue reading

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Is it safe to file a provisional patent application on your own and then if your invention is successful?

niksag_3000 asked: Should you hire a lawyer to file a non provisional patent application? What is the process for filing a provisional patent application to a non provisional patent application? Do you have protection if you file a provisional patent … Continue reading

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Can a minor file a provisional patent? Is there any special paperwork that needs to be filed for a minor?

E F asked: Should I list my father(an adult) and I ( a minor) as coinventors?Thomas

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Can I use photos when filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)?

Einstein asked: Websites on filing patents yourself seem divided in opinion on this matter. Some recommending photographs, others almost insisting I submit drawings in India ink. What’s the bottom line? Provisional patents are only good for a year; not much … Continue reading

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Do they examine provisional patent applications?

niksag_3000 asked: If I file a provisional patent application and then use the 12 months to see how to make,sell and market this product, will it be protected? How would I know if it does not exist? I know when … Continue reading

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What questions should I ask an IP Lawyer regarding a Provisional Patent Application?

asked: I’m looking to file a Provisional Patent Application for a product. What should I ask the lawyer? i.e. what services should I expect to receive for the fees I’d be paying?Leon

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Cost of filing patent if it fails?

kelpman asked: I am trying to gauge the cost of failure. Say you file a non-provisional patent and it is not granted. Not including attorney fees, how much would it cost you? I see on the USPTO fee page that … Continue reading

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are there any negatives to filing a provisional patent application?

nati22 asked: can you limit your claims or ramifications for your nonprovisional app by improperly wording your provisional app? Or does it just serve as a place holder and you can adjust whatever is necessary when you file your official … Continue reading

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USA Prov. Patent filed with PCT. What is the time limit to file in Canada and Europe?

John N asked: I filed a provisional patent in the US in Dec. of 2007. PCT has been granted. What is the time limit to file for protection in Canada and Europe? How much should I initially expect to pay … Continue reading

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