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When most people think of patents, they are thinking of utility patents. Utility patents can protect the new and useful structure of a product.
For example, a patent can cover the structure of a new safety feature for a medicine bottle cap. Or utility patents can protect the composition of a product such as a new drug. Utility patents can also protect a new method for using a product. Even if the product is well known, the new use for the old product may be patentable. New business methods and Internet procedures can also be patentable.
Many clients first want to know if we can obtain a patent for their product or idea. To decide if your invention is patentable, we must first conduct a patent search, which will show if something close to your invention has already been patented.
The charge for a typical patent search is $1,000 to $2,000. Based upon the patent search, we will tell you if we can get a patent for you and we can tell you if your patent will be strong or weak. Based upon what we tell you, you can decide if you want to file for a patent. You are not required to do a patent search. But we do recommend it because we can write a better patent application if we have the information from the patent search first.
Intellectual Property Law
How Can I Register My Trademark Internationally?
TLO® can help you obtain trademark protections outside the U.S., and we can quickly estimate the cost for this process in each country. You can obtain additional trademark rights if you file overseas within six months of your U.S. filing date, but you can also file overseas after that date.read more
How does the registration process work?
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) administers the international registration system, but the application process for certain parties begins in the United States. A US applicant cannot file directly with WIPO, but must file for trademark protection with the USPTO first.read more
What happens after the registration is filed?
WIPO will send the application for trademark protection to the Madrid Protocol member countries that the applicant chooses. The protection that results is not blanket worldwide trademark protection, but protection overseen by the individual countries.read more
What are the benefits of the international registration process?
The benefits of the Madrid Protocol are simplicity and reduced cost. The process requires only one application, rather than numerous applications covering each country in which trademark protection is sought. One application also means one application fee, which typically greatly reduces the cost.read more