What type of patent protects the way a product is used and works?

QUESTION 1

What type of patent protects the way a product is used and works?

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Choose one • 7 points

Design patent

Utility patent

Plant patent

Not patentable

QUESTION 2

What type of patent protects the way a product looks?

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Design patent

Utility patent

Plant patent

Not patentable

QUESTION 3

Utility patent protection in the United States lasts:

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14 years

20 years

QUESTION 4

Since 2015, design patent protection in the United States lasts:

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15 years

20 years

QUESTION 5

An inventor must file his/her patent application:

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Within a year of discovering or creating the invention

Within a year after any public use, sale, or offer for sale of the invention

QUESTION 6

If you have a great idea for a useful invention, but don’t have the money to file a full-fledged patent application, you can file a “provisional” application. A provisional application is beneficial b

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Your patent will issue immediately upon filing the provisional application

You will have one year to determine whether the invention has commercial value and acquire funding before having to file a full non-provisional patent application

QUESTION 7

Under patent law, an invention cannot be patented if it isn’t new. To determine if the invention is new, the patent office will look at “prior art” consisting of:

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All the artwork existing in the world today

Publications from around the world, the content of filed patents and public uses within the US

QUESTION 8

Consider the application for a “Shoe sound studio,” utility patent #US20120297960. Do you think it meets the patentability requirement of being useful? Why or why not?

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Yes because it has a function and appears to work as described in the patent.

No because very few people would buy it or find it helpful.

QUESTION 9

Consider the patent for “Gloves for touchscreen use” US Patent #8528117. To obtain a utility patent, the item must be useful. What problem does this patented invention solve?

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Before this invention, people would have to remove their warm gloves to use their touchscreen devices, making their hands get cold.

Before this invention, people didn’t have an attractive glove to wear while using a touchscreen device.

QUESTION 10

Claims are the picket fence around the invention—everything in a claim is protected and anything not in the claim is not covered. How many claims does utility patent #8528117 cover?

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1

14

QUESTION 11

Consider the patent for “Method and means of creating anti-gravity illusion” US 07/905,479. Watch the patented invention in action here:

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 If you wanted to make and use these shoes, would you need permission from the inventor?

Yes, the patent is still active because 20 years have not passed since it was filed

No, the patent has expired because 20 years have passed since it was filed

QUESTION 12

Consider the football helmet chair, design patent #D680342. What claim has the inventor protected?

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The ornamental design for a football helmet chair, as shown and described.

The way the chair rocks and swivels.

QUESTION 13

Review the PatentSearch-USPTO.pdf. This will show you how to conduct a patent search at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Response • 16 points

Decide on an invention you would like to search. It could be a tablet computer, guitar, marshmallow, video camera, toy action figure, or anything else you’d like. Go to the web site for the USPTO (http://www.uspto.gov) and look for the invention. Then, go to Google.com/patents and look for the same invention.

Write a paragraph summarizing in your own words the invention you searched and why you chose it. Include the patent number in your summary. Write another few sentences on your observations of the difference between the two search engines (Google and USPTO).

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