Cozen O’Connor: Protecting Your Idea: Should You Patent It?

Protecting Your Idea: Should You Patent It?

Monday, November 10, 2014

In an article titled "Protecting Your Idea: Should You Patent It?" Edward Weisz, a member of the Intellectual Property Department, discusses the timing of filing a patent application or a provisional patent application. Because the United States now has a "first to file" rather than a "first to invent" patent system, you do want to file a patent application or a provisional patent application as soon as possible. The patent application must adequately disclose the invention in order to benefit from the early filing date. A utility or plant patent will protect your invention for up to 20 years from your patent application date, and a design patent will protect your invention for 14 years from the patent grant date.

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Edward M. Weisz

Co-Chair, Patent Prosecution Practice

eweisz@cozen.com

(212) 297-2660

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