Reproduced below is the Patent Novelty Statute, 35 U.S.C. 102 as amended by the America Invents Act. It is also available at uspto.gov.
(a) NOVELTY; PRIOR ART.—A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—
(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention; or Continue reading Patent Novelty Statute
In Louisiana there are a variety of patent search resources available. If you contact a Louisiana patent attorney he or she will be able to procure a professional search on your behalf. However there are a number of free search tools available through the internet and locally. Continue reading Search Tools for Louisiana Inventors
Inventors have the right to prepare and file a patent application without the assistance of a patent lawyer. Inventors have always had this right, referred to as prosecuting a patent pro se, which is described in the Code of Federal Regulations (37 CFR 1.31) and in the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (section 401). Well-funded organizations rarely seek patent protection without the assistance of a lawyer. Continue reading Patent Applications without a Lawyer?
Inventors should be wary of anyone who approaches them seeking money in exchange for patent promotion services, particularly if they seem too good to be true. The United States Patent and Trademark Office keeps a running list of the inventor complaints that it publishes. If a firm that you are considering dealing with is on the list, it is a must read. Continue reading Don’t fall for a patent scam