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Describing An Invention Part 2

Part 2 of a multi-part series “Part 1” of Describing An Invention covered the purpose of a patent application (limited monopoly in exchange for complete disclosure) and the Brief Description of the Invention. This “Part 2” of Describing An Invention discusses the Detailed Description of the Invention. As a basic requirement, the Detailed Description provides […]

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So you have decided to start a new business in California. Along with your investors and startup management team, you will want to have the services of an experienced and knowledgeable California business startup law firm by your side. Even if you have started numerous businesses in the past, there can be countless challenges and […]

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California Collections Law Firm

There are several ways that a California business dispute can be resolved, but litigation is usually not the preferred method for doing so. While many businesses will enter the courtroom in order to protect their rights, litigation may be considered by some businesses only as a last resort when other methods of dispute resolution have […]

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What is Civil Litigation?

What is Civil Litigation and When is a Lawyer Needed? Disputes and disagreements are commonplace in the business world, and civil litigation is one method whereby these disputes and disagreements may be resolved. Civil litigation is appropriate in circumstances where arbitration, mediation, and other forms of informal dispute resolution are ineffective. While there is nothing […]

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Considering Purchasing a Franchise?

Get Your Franchise Lawyer Involved Early  For some California residents looking to start a small business, a franchise makes perfect sense. There are many benefits to a franchise: not only are you able to sell a product or service with regional (if not national) brand recognition, but many franchisors offer incentives, financial assistance, and/or guidance […]

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JGPC Law - Alameda County Business and Corporate Mediation Attorneys

By Author: Gerald R. Prettyman, Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney Writing and applying for a Patent is a trade-off. In return for the inventor having a monopoly for making, using, offer to sell and selling the invention, the patent application must describe the invention so that (1) the Patent Examiner will sufficiently understand the invention […]

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It is well-known that patents can provide useful protection to a California business’s ideas and inventions. Even if you or another business owner are not completely clear on what specific protections and remedies are available to you as the holder of a patent, you generally know that a patent protects you from competitors or others […]

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JGPC Law - Alameda County Business and Corporate Mediation Attorneys

Author: Gerald R. Prettyman, J.D., LL.M. The public tends to believe the purpose of the Patent Office is to issue patents. The facts paint a different conclusion. Typically, very few patent applications get approved for a patent on first examination. Saying 1 in 10,000 would not be far wrong. Most patent applications achieve allowance (approval […]

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An idea can be worth a million dollars – to you or to your competitor – which is why it is important to take steps to protect your inventions and ideas. Unfortunately, many California business owners fail to take reasonable and simple measures to prevent competitors from learning about these valuable ideas and inventions. A […]

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What to Do Before You Disclose

Author:  Gerald R. Prettyman, J.D., LL.M. A question high on the list of first asked questions to a Patent Attorney, is “what do I need to protect my idea before I talk to an investor, (a manufacturer or licensor), etc. The answer, or answers as a inventor should take multiple steps, are not complicated. The […]

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