Patent Lawyer Bergen County NJ
If you or your business has invented a new product, product design, or even a species of plant, it’s important to speak with an experienced patent lawyer Bergen County, NJ residents trust and to do so as soon as possible. As soon as an invention turns from a vision into reality, it needs to be legally protected. Failing to protect your invention now could lead others to infringe upon your intellectual property rights. Additionally, failing to protect your invention now could leave you vulnerable to personal liability in the event that someone else insists that your invention is actually their intellectual property.
The experienced New Jersey legal team at Kaplan Law Practice, LLC takes great pride in assisting both individual inventors and innovative businesses with realizing and enforcing their intellectual property rights. Once we learn more about your invention in a confidential, risk-free consultation setting, our Bergen County, NJ patent lawyer team will begin discussing how to protect your intellectual property rights most efficiently and effectively. If you’ve invented a product design, our only option is to move forward with completing a non-provisional patent application form as quickly as we possibly can. However, if you’ve invented a product, machine, process, or species of plant, we will likely advise that you allow us to file a provisional patent application in advance of (and in addition to) filing your non-provisional patent application.
Securing Provisional vs. Non-Provisional Patent Protection
The only way to secure a patent is by having a non-provisional patent application approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The non-provisional patent application process allows the USPTO to evaluate the novelty of your invention. The date upon which the USPTO receives your non-provisional patent application is very consequential, as the novelty of your invention will be judged against your non-provisional patent application’s filing date. This is where filing a provisional patent application in advance of (and in addition to) filing your non-provisional patent application can give you an edge in securing your patent. If you file a provisional patent application for your invention within 365 days before you file your non-provisional patent application, the latter will benefit from the provisional patent application’s submission date. This means that your invention will be safeguarded against so-called prior art and other inventors seeking to protect similar work during the period in which your non-provisional patent application is being prepared. The process of preparing a non-provisional patent application is time-intensive, so submitting a provisional patent application can allow you to move through that process without cutting corners in the interest of getting your non-provisional patent application to the USPTO as soon as possible.
Please note that design patents aren’t eligible for the provisional patent application process, which is why we wouldn’t recommend that this step be taken in the event that you are trying to patent the design of a product or machine.
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If you haven’t yet scheduled a consultation with the Law offices of Joshua Kaplan, please do so today. Our Bergen County, NJ patent lawyer team will be honored to help you protect your intellectual property rights.