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When it comes to PATENTS, companies need to consider several issues, including AVOIDING INFRINGEMENT of others’ patents, OBTAINING PATENTS to block competition, then MAINTAINING, POLICING, and ENFORCING those patents.  More information regarding these topics is provided below.

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ABOUT Patents:

READ about the BASICS of Patents
REFERENCE the LAWS Regarding US Patents
REFERENCE the RULES Regarding US Patents
REFERENCE the PROCEDURE of The US Patent Office
FAQ’s regarding PATENTS

AVOID INFRINGING Patents:

SEARCH Existing U.S. Patents and Published Applications
SEARCH Existing INTERNATIONAL Patents and Published Applications
OBTAIN A CLEARANCE OR “FREEDOM TO OPERATE” OPINION

PATENT Your Inventions To Block Competition:

APPLY for US UTILITY Patent – Protects Structure or Function
APPLY for US DESIGN Patent – Protects Non-Functional Appearance
APPLY for US PROVISIONAL Patent Application – One Year Placeholder
PAY the FEES for US Patents and Applications
APPLY for US INTERNATIONAL Patent (fees and laws vary by country)

Then:

MAINTAIN Your Patents
POLICE Your Patents
ENFORCE Your Patents