patent law

Novelty

See Novel.

One-year rule

A statutory rule that requires a patent application to be filed within one year of public use of the invention, a sale of or offer to sell the invention, or any publication describing the invention. If the applicant fails to file a patent for their...

Patent

Overview

A patent grants the patent holder the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, importing, and selling the patented innovation for a limited period of time. The U.S. Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., was enacted by Congress...

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)

See: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

An administrative agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce charged with overseeing and implementing the federal policy on intellectual property, specifically...

Patent applied for

Label given to a claimed invention while the Patent and Trademark Office examines the patent application. No protection from infringement exists until a patent is granted, but this label may be used to notify customers and competitors that a patent is...

patent claim

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe portion of a patent that establishes the legal boundaries of the invention -- that is, the exclusive rights of the owner. Patent claims are written in a formal style and precise terminology, and they...

patent claims

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryStatements included in a patent that describe (or recite) the structure of an invention in precise and exact terms, using a long-established formal style and precise terminology. Claims form the...

patent deed

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe official document (sometimes referred to as letters patent) that is sent to an applicant by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when the applicant's patent issues.

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patent drawing

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryVisual representations of an invention that are included in a patent. Patent drawings show all the features of the invention described in the application, including those features that distinguish it from...

Patent infringement

Violation of a patent owner's rights with respect to some invention. Unless permitted by the patent owner, one commits patent infringement by making, using, offering to sell, or selling something that contains every element of a patented claim or its...

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