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            Chicago, Illinois

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About Patents

what they are, what they protect

  • In plain language, utility patents ("patents") protect inventions.  Patents protect industrial processes, consumer products, computer hardware & software, machines, materials, methods of doing business, and more.

  • To be patentable an invention must be both new and nonobvious in comparison to what is known, and that includes anything described in prior patents, in printed publications, on the Internet, and much more.

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must also have been invented the the applicant.  This requirement absolutely excludes patenting someone else's invention whether or not that person files his or her own patent application.

  • U.S. patent protection provides the right to exclude others from making, using and selling the invention defined in the issued patent claims, in the U.S. and its territories, during the life of the patent.

  • Design patents protect only the appearance of an article.  The appearance protected is that shown in the drawings of a design patent.

other patent topics - meaningful patent protection, patent-application ready, patent application examination, patent marking, patent pending, patent or trade secret it, patent term

Trade Secrets

  • Trade secrets protect business-confidential information which could be product ingredients, manufacturing processes, customer lists, and more, provided they are maintained as secrets.

  • Trade secrets do not protect against reverse engineering.

  • Trade secret protection is insufficient if the secret can be determined from the public domain product.

other trade secret topics - patent or trade secret it

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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
Tel.  312.419.8055   Fax 312.236.6686
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