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What is intellectual property?

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Intellectual property (or “IP”) is any creative idea or creation, such as inventions, technologies, books, movies, scripts, music, and art.  Intellectual property does not have to be physical, but it can often be transformed into a physical property, such as a book, building, car or formula....Read More

How much do intellectual property attorneys charge?

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Intellectual property attorney fees can vary widely. Most attorneys charge hourly fees and those rates are at their discretion. Some intellectual property attorneys will wave initial consultation fees, especially if the potential client can’t afford  to pay. They will advise the client on the process, but will only charge a client once they’ve been  hired....Read More

What is a patent?

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A patent is a set of rights granted to an invention holder by the government for a specific period of time, and excludes others from using, selling, or making that invention. The three most common patents in the United States are utility, design, and plant....Read More

What is a trademark?

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A trademark is a symbol, phrase, word, or design that distinguishes and identifies one brand or product from another (e.g., Coke vs. Pepsi). A service trademark distinguishes and identifies a service, instead of a good or product (like a dry cleaner or lawyer). The four main types of trademarks are: generic (a common description that does not receive trademark protection), descriptive, suggestive, and arbitrary or fanciful....Read More

What is a provisional patent?

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A provisional patent is a legal document filed with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) that establishes and notes the early filing date. A provisional patent does not mature unless a regular, non-provisional patent application is filed within one year. The idea of a provisional patent is to allow the basic idea to be covered legally until the fully developed idea can be completed and registered. It gives the applicant time to develop the concept....Read More