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September 30, 2016 at 7:20 AM

Women in Tech: Margaret Knight

It’s a familiar scenario, you’re standing in that long line at the grocery store and when you’re finally the one at the register, they ask the question: “Paper or plastic?” - While the plastic grocery bag has only been around since the 1960s, paper grocery bags are almost a century older.

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September 18, 2016 at 10:41 AM

5 Back to School Tech Items You Need this Fall

It’s almost the first day of Fall! (September 22, for all you Autumn lovers out there – get those PSLs!) Some students have been back in school for almost a month and some are just getting started, so here is our Top Five list for all the back to school tech items you need this fall semester. 

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September 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM

CRISPR - Life Altering Genetic Innovation

The scientific community is in the midst of a gold rush in new technological applications all made possible by the CRISPR/Cas9 system. CRISPR, short for “clustered regularly interspaced palindromic repeats” is quite possibly the biggest innovation in biological science since PCR was developed over three decades ago. This is literally life altering genetic innovation.

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September 1, 2016 at 4:24 PM

2016 Best of Del Mar Award Recipient

Our team at MU Patents are thrilled to announce that we've received the 2016 Best of Del Mar Awards for Business Services! Our clients mean the world to us and we're grateful to be recognized as a local leader in providing quality service. See below for the official Del Mar Award Program press release. 

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August 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM

How to Protect Your App Idea

Protecting your app idea can be difficult – it may be highly lucrative, but if you tell larger companies about it, or even your developer, they may simply take the idea. To protect your app idea and keep ownership of it, there are several approaches:

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August 16, 2016 at 3:27 PM

Legalzoom Provisional Patent Application a Waste

How good are you at writing patents? Because the quality of your provisional patent application will depend entirely on your patent writing skills if you file with Legalzoom. Legalzoom patent application filing system simply files whatever documents you give them describing your invention, without any substantial review of the contents or helpful feedback to improve the likelihood of acceptance from the USPTO.

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August 12, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Why Big Law Firms Don't Like Solo Inventors

Big patent law firms don’t like solo inventors – there’s too much work and inefficiency for it to be worthwhile. Large law firms are built on a revenue model that aims to maximize billable hours for the attorneys, but there are a number of extra hours that are required when dealing with solo inventors that can’t be billed, such as providing guidance as to where the client may find help with prototyping and commercializing the idea.

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August 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

San Diego Patent Attorney - What do you do?

To give you an idea of the patent subject matter filed by patent attorneys in San Diego, the main areas of intellectual property are:

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August 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Cost of International PCT Patent Application

An International PCT Patent Application protects your invention for 30 months from the earliest filing. If you have an earliest filing, like a US provisional patent application, you must file the PCT within 12 months of the filing date to validly claim priority to the provisional patent filing. 

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July 27, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Average Non Provisional Patent Costs

While a provisional application merely reserves your filing date, a non-provisional patent application is a full application that will be examined and can mature into an issued patent. To give you an idea of the total costs of a non-provisional, from filing through to issuance, including patent attorney fees and USPTO official fees, we’ll break down the typical costs by year:

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