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Small Entity Fees

These are a concession made to impecunious applicants by the US and Canadian Patent Offices.  You declare to them that you are “small”, and in return for that they only charge you half fees.  So, a great deal, then? No, … Continue reading

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When is software patentable?

A common question. There are three basic hurdles to clear in order for an idea to be patentable. It must be: within an area of technology in which patents are permitted, new (i.e. different to that which was previously known) … Continue reading

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Ten ways to get better value out of your Patent Attorney

Using a patent attorney is expensive. That’s not surprising; we’re highly qualified, and (most of us are) good at what we do.  What is surprising is just how many of our clients increase their bill unnecessarily.  By “unnecessarily”, I mean … Continue reading

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How do I calculate a time limit in a European patent application?

This is a tricky one, as it depends on the type of time limit that has been set. The deadlines for paying most official fees are set with reference to the European Patent Convention. For example, the filing and search … Continue reading

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of accelerating a UK patent application?

Advantages: The negotiating power and PR value of a granted patent is obtained earlier You can enforce your patent rights sooner A financial backer may be more willing to support the invention You may have a better idea of the … Continue reading

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Is it possible to accelerate a UK patent application?

Yes, it is possible to fast-track UK patent applications if you can provide a plausible reason for the request, e.g. you are aware that a competitor is about to launch a similar product.  If the invention relates to ‘green’ or … Continue reading

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