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The main object of the invention is to create an implantable areal device that can support damaged muscle and fascial tissue mechanically, and also through regeneration of muscle and fascial tissue. The implantable device is constructed by a plurality of thread sections, wherein these thread sections create a plurality of void spaces. The minimum of void spaces is more than one hundred square millimeters area. It is also an object of the present invention to provide various ways, including a method for supporting defective musculofacial tissue through mechanical and in-situ tissue engineering. This comprises: (a) providing an implantable device and (b) attaching the implantable device to defective tissue by using open surgical methods. The fixation gives immediate mechanical support to tissues and further allows physiological repair by allowing regenerative pre-cells to freely infiltrate into the void spaces and proliferate therein. This permits the development of volumetric amounts of functionalized musculofascial tissue.
The disclosed method also seeks to design a novel implantable system for supporting tissue. According to the disclosed technique, a tissue support structure is created which comprises a number of monofilament thread sections. These sections define the surface. The tissue support structure induces minimally no foreign body reaction in the support of the tissue other than the reaction associated with healing tissue when in contact with a single monofilament thread. It also permits for a substantially unimpeded growth of healing tissue by limiting the number of mono filament threads that intersect to be lower than 10,000 intersections per one hundred square centimeters. The thread intersection can be defined as crossing of two thread sections, which result from at least one of braiding, weaving, entangling, intertwining and affixing the thread sections.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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Granted by the government to protect an invention, patents grant the inventor exclusive rights to develop, utilize the invention, market and promote the invention?society is benefited when a brand new technology is introduced into the marketplace. These benefits could be directly realized as people are able to accomplish feats previously unattainable and indirectly by the opportunities for economic growth that innovation provides (business growth, jobs).
A lot of pharmaceutical companies and researchers at universities seek patent protection for their research and developments. Patents are granted to the creation of a product, process or method of making new materials. In order to be granted protection under a patent an invention has to be innovative, novel and not be obvious to others in the same field.
Patents give inventors a reward for commercially profitable inventions. They provide a motivation for inventors to come up with new ideas. Patents enable inventors and small businesses to be assured that there’s a good chance they will get a profit on their time, effort, and money invested in technological development. This means they will be able to make a living by their work.
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Patent-protected technology revenues that are commercially profitable could be used to finance technological research and development (R&D) which increases the likelihood of better technology in future.
You can use intellectual property ownership to convince investors and lenders that your product has real commercial value. Sometimes, a single patent can open the door to multiple financing opportunities. Patents as well as other IP assets can be utilized as collateral or security to finance debt. Investors can also see your patent assets to increase the value of your business. Forbes and other publications have reported that each patent can add anything from $500,000 to a million dollars in company valuation.
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It is essential to keep your invention secret until you apply for patent protection. The public disclosure of an invention prior to filing can often destroy its novelty and render it patent-infringing. Disclosures that are filed prior to filing, like for investors, test marketing, or any other business partners, should be done only after signing a confidentiality contract.
There are many kinds of patents. Understanding these is vital to safeguard your invention. Patents for utility are used to protect inventions and processes that are new. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the most effective since they protect the owner from copycats and other competitors. Frequently they are granted for improvements or modifications on existing inventions. Utility patents also cover improvements and changes in existing inventions. For example, a procedure patent covers acts or methods of performing an action, while chemical compositions are a mixture of components.
What is the typical length of patents? Although utility patents last for 20 years from the date of their initial filing, they are able to be extended through delays at the patent office.
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The first step to get your patent is to do the patent search. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Once the patent application is filed, the item subject to the application may be referred to as patent-pending and you will be able to locate the patent application on public pair. After the patent office has approved the application, you are able to conduct a patent number search to locate the patent that was issued and your product is now patented. It is also possible to use the USPTO search engine. See below for details. For assistance, consult an attorney for patents. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office, also known as the United States patent office and trademark office. This office also reviews trademark applications.
Are you interested in finding similar patents? Here are the steps:
1. Think of terms that describe your invention in relation to its intended, composition, or use.
Start by writing down a brief, precise description of your invention. Do not use generic terms such as “device”, “process” or “system”. Look for synonyms to the terms you picked initially. Also, make note of key technical terms as well as keywords.
To help you recognize keywords and concepts, use the following questions.
- What is the purpose of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Does the invention consist of a method of creating something or performing some function? Is it a product?
- What is the composition and function of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
- What’s the objective of this invention?
- What are the terms and phrases in the field of technology that describe the nature of an invention? A technical dictionary can help you identify the correct terms.
2. These terms will enable you to look up relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications using the Classification Search Tool. If you’re unable to find the right classification to describe your invention, look through the classification’s Schemas of classes (class schedules) and try again. You may want to consider substituting the terms that you’re using to describe your invention if you don’t find any results in your Classification Text Search with synonyms like the ones you used in Step 1.
3. Examine 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition to confirm the accuracy of the CPC classification that you have located. If the chosen classification is a blue box that has a “D” at its left, the hyperlink will take you to the CPC classification definition. CPC classification definitions will help you determine the applicable classification’s scope so that you can choose the most appropriate. In addition the definitions may include some tips for searching and other information that may be useful for further research.
4. The Patents Full-Text Database and the Image Database allow you to search for patent documents that have the CPC classification. By focusing your search on abstracts and drawings that are representative you can narrow your search for the most relevant patent publications.
5. Take advantage of this list of most relevant patent publications to study each one thoroughly for any similarities to your idea. Be sure to read the claims and specifications. Refer to the applicant and patent examiner to obtain additional patents.
6. Retrieve published patent applications with the CPC classification you picked in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. It is also possible to use the same strategy of searching you utilized in step 4 to limit your results to just the most relevant patents by reading the abstracts as well as the drawings for each page. After that, take a close look at the patent applications that have been published, paying particular attention to the claims as well as additional drawings.
7. Find other US patents by keywords in the PatFT or AppFT databases, searching for classification of non-U.S. patents as described below, and searching for non-patent literature disclosures of inventions using web search engines. Examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
- Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
- European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet to access a network of Europe’s patent databases with access to machine translation of European patents.
- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.