The patent application: Small steps till you get a patent

Patents, licences and trademarks are not that easy to get in the United States. But as an entrepreneur it is sometimes important to save your brand, your idea or even your products if people tend to copy them. So there is no other way but to aply for a patent. But where can you get the key information? Who is responsible for your patent application? Some questions will be answered in the following article…

The best place you might possibly go in order to get the patent application is the central website of the USPT (United States Patent and Trademark Office). If you wish for any information concerning fees and and payments the certain tables can help a lot.


The fees are not as cheap as you might think and they are divided in 3 parts. There are filing, search and examination fees that you have to pay in order to get access to the patent and trademark office. Important for you might aswell be the following codes (fee codes 1090/2090/3090 or 1690/2690/3690) for non-electronic filing that you will have to pay in addition. To get a closer insight on patents you can also check the valuable information on the page

Here you can also get a closer overview on how long patents are granted and what you do have to do while maintaining them. In general a patent will be granted for 20 years. Anyway from time to time maintenance fees have to be paid as well. This depends on your individual patent, trademark or license. The trademarks are dealt differently. The period of time is closely connected to the businesses closure and a certain period beyond that.

Why should you think about patent issues? Well intellectual property is really important because lots of businesses would be effected by robbery and in fact intellectual property protection is definitely fostering innovation. So business companies might tend to invest much more if their intellectual property is safe.

The best links for this topic can be seen below. If you want to search online for certain patents you can also look that up on the website given above.

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