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Posts by Michael Sherrill, Sherrill Law Offices

Changes to United States Patent Law Fees

The Federal Government instituted sweeping changes to United States Patent Law this past fall with enactment of the “America Invents Act” (“The Act”).  The ten aspects of The Act which will likely have the biggest impact upon small and startup businesses were listed in the January issue of Corporate Cranium.  The first of these aspects…

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Changes to United States Patent Law: Win, Lose or Draw for Small and Startup Businesses

The Federal Government instituted sweeping changes to United States Patent Law this past fall with enactment of the “America Invents Act”.  While many of the substantive changes do not take effect until fall of 2012, it is important to understand the likely consequences, both intended and unintended, of these changes in order to avoid costly…

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Chapter 4: When to Patent

You’ve just come up with an idea for a new product or process or an improvement on an existing product or process.  You’re convinced that if this invention works the way you think it will, you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams.  You know that you need to patent this invention to prevent competitors from…

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Chapter 3: Why Patent

Most business owners are well aware that a United States utility patent is an expensive proposition, costing anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 per invention with no promise or guarantee that a patent will issue on the invention.  However, in many fields, it is virtually impossible to start and maintain a competitive business without them. The…

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Chapter 2: What is Patentable

The United States allows inventors to patent “anything under the sun made by man that is useful, novel, and non-obvious.” Made by Man Patent protection can be secured only for subject matter that involves the hand of man.  Discovery of something that exists in nature – while perhaps an important and valuable discovery – cannot…

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