Patent Protection Process
CARR attorneys counsel clients about achieving suitable protection for their inventions, including assessing and determining whether a valuable invention should be protected as a trade secret rather than by a patent. It is important to remember that the information contained in the patent application will ultimately become publicly available if a patent issues and possibly earlier, if the application is published.
A patent grants certain exclusive "property rights" in an invention. In general, patentable inventions fall into a range generally spanning between the extremes of those that are pioneering in nature (e.g., light bulb, transistor, vascular stent) and those adding incremental improvement and value.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants three categories of patents:
Each invention must meet the legal requirement of not being obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the field of the invention, in addition to being new or novel.
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CARR Intellectual Property attorneys serve clients throughout Texas, the United States, and the world. We counsel inventors and businesses in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Plano, Richardson, Frisco, Marshall and other cities in Texas. Our attorneys also serve many international clients, including companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada, and Israel.