What should you know about patent protection?

If you’re wondering what you can do to prevent your patent from illegal copy and distribution, here are some basic information’s on what can you do about it.

A Patent is an exclusive right, guaranteed by the United States law to an inventor, to prevent others from making, selling, using, and importing invention trough the United States without an inventors approval. An inventor can also use “patent pending” on his products and marketing materials after he fills a patent application. Today there are actually 8 000 000 patents issued to the inventors, so without a license, anyone can make, copy or sell your patent without your permission and obligation to pay you anything.

Every inventor should consider protecting his invention during the initial stages of his making, and everyone who thinks that inventors don’t need to make claims on their patents is not aware of the current situation on the marketplace. Back in the 80’s, it was possible for little companies to develop a new product without a patent protection so the company who build a better product takes all the profit. Today the marketplace is significantly different from the good old days. Larger corporations are now dominating all over the marketplace, and they are dictating the prices which at the same time smaller companies can’t follow and there are falling apart. For example, IBM company had 1800 patent in 1997, but this number increase for more than 50% over just one year. So how is this possible? Because IBM knows that protecting your ideas through patents is the most effective way of registration currently available.

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Today the most experienced inventors and patent experts always consult other inventors to fill their patent applications as soon as possible, because in the US you have to apply for a license within one year of the time you create a product or start selling it. Next, every US inventor should also know that the US patent will not provide him protection in other countries. That is why inventors have to make their claims in the country where they live otherwise the protection cannot be possible. Also, in other countries inventors have to apply for a patent before it’s even finished. Finally, the PTO or (U.S. Patent and Trade Office) notes that in most cases, American inventors who are trying to secure their patents in other countries first must get a license from the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. According to the PTO, if your patent is infringed, you can sue the offending party or business in federal district court. But, the PTO itself doesn’t have jurisdiction over questions that matters patents infringement.

Depending on how many patents you have and how essential they are to your business, you may want to have an patent attorney to help you fight for your rights and protect your patent on the long run. So if you want advice from the experts in this business you can contact Livingston Loeffler in Fort Myers Florida and schedule a consultation with one of their attorneys, or copyright lawyers. From their offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota Livingston and Loeffler represent clients throughout Florida and the U.S. in a variety of intellectual property matters.