Don’t Lose the Race to the Patent Office

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Louisiana inventors and business owners should understand the basics of the new patent law following the Leahy Smith America Invents Act. One of the most important aspects of the new patent law is how the Patent Office will be judging patent applications to determine if an invention is “new.” Continue reading Don’t Lose the Race to the Patent Office

Business help for Louisiana Inventors

ResourcesIn addition to seeking the assistance of a patent attorney Louisiana inventors should focus on the business plans associated with their inventions. The Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) is a place where inventors and other innovators go for assistance with the business side of commercializing their inventions. LBTC serves as a business incubator for Louisiana businesses and Louisiana technology businesses in particular. Continue reading Business help for Louisiana Inventors

Patent Applications without a Lawyer?

LawInventors 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?

Searches Add Value to Patent Applications

SearchIf your Baton Rouge company has a new product or service and you don’t know of anyone else that has anything like it, be careful.  A patent application is a significant investment.The company’s investment in a patent application is not like an investment in vehicle or other tangible item. Continue reading Searches Add Value to Patent Applications

Don’t fall for a patent scam

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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. If you are an inventor in the Baton Rouge area, you may want to talk to a local patent attorney. The Patent Office also keeps a list of each registered attorney and agent that is searchable by location.  In other words, if you are searching for a Baton Rouge patent attorney, you can get the complete list of Baton Rouge patent attorneys at USPTO.gov.

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