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An autonomous vehicle is an automobile that is able to transport individuals or cargo (e.g. packages, objects or other items) between two places. An autonomous vehicle could, for example, navigate to the locationof a person and wait until they get on the vehicle. Then, they travel to a destination determined by the person (e.g. the location that the individual has decided to choose). Another instance is that an autonomous vehicle may go directly to the cargo location, wait for it to be loaded onto the vehicle, then navigate to the destination (e.g., the location of delivery).Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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What is a patent?
The government grants patents to protect an invention, patents grant the inventor exclusive rights to use, create, sell and promote the invention? Society is benefited when a brand new technology is brought to the market. Benefits can be realized in directly, in that it may allow people to accomplish previously unattainable things, or indirectly due to the opportunities for economic growth (business growth and employment) which the invention provides.
Patent protection is demanded by a variety of universities and pharmaceutical companies for research and development. Patents can be granted to the creation of a product, process or method of creating new materials. In order to be granted protection under a patent, an invention must be innovative, novel, and not obvious to other people within the same field.
Patents reward inventors for their commercially profitable inventions. They act as a motivator for inventors to come up with new ideas. Patents enable inventors and small companies to be confident that there’s the possibility that they’ll get a profit on their time, effort and money spent on the development of technology. They can earn money by their work.
Companies that are able to:
Create and protect the latest products and services;
Increase the value, appearance, and visibility of your product on the market
Your business and your products should be distinguished from others;
Access business and technical expertise and data;
Avoid accidentally using third-party content or losing valuable information, original outputs, or any other outputs that are creative.
Patents convert knowledge of the inventor into a valuable asset which creates new opportunities to create jobs through licensing and joint ventures.
Small businesses that have patent protection are more appealing to investors who are involved in the commercialization of technology.
Patenting may lead to the development of new ideas and new inventions. This information can encourage creativity and could be eligible for protection under patents.
Patents can serve as an effective deterrent for untrustworthy third parties profiting from the efforts of an invention.
The profits from technology patents that are successful and commercially viable can be used to fund the development of technology through research and development (R&D) and increase the chance of better technology in the future.
Intellectual property ownership is a way to convince investors and lenders that there are legitimate chances to commercialize your product. Sometimes, one powerful patent could open the door to numerous financing possibilities. Patents as well as other IP assets can be used as collateral or as security to finance debt. You can also show investors your patent assets to increase the value of your business. Forbes and others have noted that each patent could increase anything from $500,000 to a million dollars in company valuation.
Start-ups need a solid business plan that is built on the IP to demonstrate that your product or service is unique superior, innovative, or superior. Investors will also be impressed if you have IP rights are secure or are on the verge of being secure and they endorse your business strategy.
It is important to keep an invention secret until you submit a patent application for protection. The public disclosure of an invention can be detrimental to its novelty and render it invalid. Disclosures that are filed prior to filing, like for investors, test marketing, or other business partners should be done only after signing a confidentiality contract.
There are a variety of patents. Knowing the different types of patents is vital to safeguard your invention. Utility patents cover inventions and processes that are new. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the best option and shield the proprietor from copies and competitors. Most often they are granted to modify or improve existing inventions. Utility patents can also be used to cover improvements and modifications in existing inventions. For example, a process patent will cover acts or methods of doing a specific act, whereas a chemical composition will include an assortment of ingredients.
What is the typical length of the patent? Although utility patents last for 20 years from the date of their earliest filing, they can be extended through delays in the Patent Office.
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When drafting an application for patents when you are writing a patent application, it is recommended that you conduct a patent search. it will provide you with some insight into other people’s concepts. This allows you to limit the potential of your idea. You can also discover the current technological advancements in your field of invention. This will assist you in comprehend the scope of your invention and prepare you for the filing of the patent application.
How to Search for Patents
A patent search is the very first step in obtaining your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Once the patent application is filed, the product covered by the application can be described as patent-pending. you will be able to locate the patent application online on the public pair. When the patent office is satisfied with your application, you will be able to conduct a patent number look to find the patent issued. Your product will now be patentable. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you can use other search engines, such as espacenet, which is described below. A patent lawyer or patent attorney can advise you on the procedure. Patents in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office, or the United States patent office and trademark office. This office also reviews trademark applications.
Are you looking for similar patents? Here are the steps to follow:
1. Think of terms to describe your invention based on its purpose, composition, and usage.
Write down a concise, but precise description of the invention. Avoid using generic terms like “device,” “process,” and “system.” Consider synonyms for the terms you chose initially. Also, make note of key technical terms and keywords.
To help you identify terms and keywords, you can use the following questions.
- What is the objective of the invention Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a way of making something or performing some function? Is it a product?
- What is the composition of the invention? What is the physical makeup of the invention?
- What’s the point of this invention?
- What are the technical words and terms that describe the characteristics of an invention? To find the correct terms, consult a technical dictionary.
2. These terms let you look up relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications at Classification Search Tool. If you’re not able to find the right classification to describe your invention, look through the class Schemas (class schedules). If you do not get results using the Classification Text Search, you might consider substituting your words for describing your invention with synonyms.
3. Check 3. Check the CPC Classification Definition for confirmation of the CPC classification you found. The link to a CPC classification definition is provided when the classification you have selected contains a blue box with “D” to the left. CPC classification definitions can help identify the specific classification’s scope and therefore you’re sure to select the most appropriate. They may also provide research tips or other suggestions that could be helpful for further study.
4. Find patent documents that have the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. You can look through and narrow down the most relevant patent documents by focusing first on the abstract and the drawings that are representative.
5. Utilize this list of most relevant patent publications to look at each in detail for the similarities to your idea. Take note of the specification and claims. Contact the applicant as well as the patent examiner for any additional patents.
6. You can retrieve patent applications that have been published that meet the CPC classification you selected in Step 3. You can use the same strategy of searching as in Step 4. You can narrow your search results to the relevant patent application by looking at the abstract and illustrations on every page. The next step is to review all published patent applications carefully with particular attention paid to the claims as well as other drawings.
7. Find other US patent publications by keyword searching in PatFT or AppFT databases, searching for classification of non-U.S. patents per below, and searching for non-patent patent disclosures in the literature 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.