patent law

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Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryIn patent law, to literally describe an element of an invention. Thus, a patent is infringed if the patents claims read on (literally describe) all the elements of the infringing device.

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Reexamination

1. In patent law, a proceeding that may be requested of the Patent and Trademark Office to check whether prior art invalidates one or more claims of a previously granted patent.

2. In trial procedure, an alternative name for a redirect...

royalty

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) A form of compensation based on a percentage of revenue or unit sales generated under an agreement, typically a patent or copyright licensing contract. 2) A compulsory payment required under statute in...

small entity

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryStatus of a patent applicant that entitles the applicant to pay reduced application, issuance, and maintenance fees. Small entities are any for-profit company with 500 or fewer employees, any nonprofit...

specification

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe narrative portion of a patent application that describes the purpose, structure, and operation of the invention, as well as any relevant prior technology (prior art). The specification must provide...

statutory subject matter

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA requirement for utility patent rights. To qualify, an invention must fit into at least one of five categories: compositions of matter (compounds such as a drug or glue); articles of manufacture (simple...

sui generis

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary(soo-ee jen-ris) Latin for of its own kind, and used to describe a form of legal protection that exists outside typical legal protections -- that is, something that is unique or different. In intellectual...

Supplemental Register

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA secondary list of trademarks and service marks maintained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Supplemental Register provides limited trademark rights and benefits and consists of marks that do...

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (C.A.F.C.) has nation-wide jurisdiction over certain disputes that involve the Federal government including intellectual property, international trade, government contracts, and federal...

United States Patent and Trademark Office

A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that is authorized to issue patents and trademarks. Often abbreviated as USPTO and sometimes as PTO.

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