FishFAQ: How much does it cost to get a patent?

How much does it cost to get a patent?

Answer: How much does it cost to get a patent? Getting a patent in the U.S. typically costs between 15 and 20 thousand dollars. So, where does all that money go? The process starts with a thorough search to see if the invention already exists someplace. If not, we work with the inventor to really […]

FAQ of the Week: What exactly is copyright?

What exactly is copyright

Question What exactly is copyright? Answer Copyright is your right of protection in an original work of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression that can be perceived either directly or through the aid of a machine or device.  Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works.   The owner of the copyright can […]

FishFAQ: What is Patentable?

What kinds of inventions are patentable

Answer: Just about anything is patentable in the U.S. if it meets a few qualifications:  First, it has to be new. You can’t patent something that’s known to the public… even if no one ever patented it before. Second, it has to be useful. The idea has to solve a problem and provide some useful […]

FAQ of the week: What is my deadline for filing in Germany, France, Italy and England?

Fish ip law q and a

Question: What is my deadline for filing in Germany, France, Italy and England?   Answer:  There is no current deadline for filing in individual European countries.  We filed a European application through the EPO (European Patent Office), to take advantage of the unified process, and prosecution in English.  Once the EPO grants the application, you […]

FAQ of the Week: Should we file a PCT application?

Should I file a PCT application

Question Should we file a PCT application? Answer It has been almost 12 months since we filed the US application, and yes, I agree that filing a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application would be the best course of action right now.  Filing a PCT application affords you number of benefits over filing directly in multiple […]

FAQ of the Week:If I want to send a fax to a patent examiner, what number do I use?

If I want to send a fax to a patent examiner, what number do I use?

Question If I want to send a fax to a patent examiner, what number do I use? Answer The fax number at the USPTO is usually the Examiner’s number but with the digits “273” instead of “272”.  However, not all Examiner’s fax numbers follow that pattern – some change the first digit in the last […]

FAQ of the Week: I’m confused by this recent office action. Why are there two deadlines, a 3-month deadline and a 2-month deadline?

FAQ office action fishiplaw

Question I’m confused by this recent office action.  Why are there two deadlines, a 3-month deadline and a 2-month deadline? Answer “Final” office actions trigger both a 3-month deadline and a 2-month deadline.  The 3-month deadline is the normal deadline that applies to almost all substantive office actions.  The 2-month deadline is used for making […]

FAQ of the Week: Since patent litigation is so expensive, how can I afford to enforce my patents?

patent litigation FAQ

Question: Since patent litigation is so expensive, how can I afford to enforce my patents? Answer –  Patent litigation is expensive, likely at least $750K had through discovery and at least another $750K through trial. If you have a product on the market that is bringing in good income it is of course possible to fund […]

The Fish IP Law™ Wall of Caricatures

patent beast wall of characters

The Patent Beast “Wall of Caricatures” is now complete We are so excited at Fish IP Law ™ with the completion of our “Wall of Caricatures”. Stop by our office and see the wall for yourself! Every staff member on our team has a unique caricature. The Patent Beast™ Comic Strip shows our finest comics […]

FAQ of the week: What are contingency litigations?

contingency litigations

Question –  Tell me about contingency litigations.  As a patent holder suing a competitor for patent infringement, what might I have to contribute to cover out of pocket costs? Answer – A typical patent litigation runs at least $750K in fees and costs to litigate through discovery, and at least another $750K through trial. Heavily […]