BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD. (Beijing, CN)
Online-to-offline services, like car-hailing services, are becoming increasingly well-known. With an online service platform, customers can request an online to offline service by an application that is installed on their smartphone (e.g. an iPhone). Consider the case of car-hailing. The online service platform can schedule a vehicle or service provider after it is notified of the request for service. In certain instances caused by positioning errors on the device that is used to position (e.g., GPS positioning drift) or a positioning device could transmit an inaccurate location to the online platform. An incorrectly assigned service provider can result in an order being misallocated when the online service platform utilizes the incorrect location. For instance that the online service platform wrongly allocates the service request to the service provider that is far from the service requester. It is therefore desirable to design new systems or methods to allocate a service to increase the precision of the existing system and methods of allocation and enhance customer experience and efficiency.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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What is a patent?
Patents are granted by the government in order to protect an invention. It gives the inventor the exclusive right to develop, utilize and sell the idea. Society benefits when new technologies are brought to the market. Benefits can be realized in the direct sense, since it allows individuals to achieve previously impossible things. Or indirectly, through the economic opportunities (business growth and employment) that the innovation offers.
Many pharmaceutical firms and university researchers are seeking patent protection for their research and developments. Patents can be granted to a physical or abstract product or process, or even the method or composition of materials new to the area. To be granted patent protection the invention must be innovative, novel and not apparent to anyone else within the same subject.
Patents reward inventors who have commercially viable inventions. They act as an incentive for inventors to create. Small businesses and inventors are sure that they will earn a return on their investment in technology development through patents. They could earn a decent income through their work.
Patents play essential roles in firms and can be used to:
Secure your products and services.
Enhance the value, popularity, and appeal of your products on the market;
Stand out and differentiate yourself and your product from others.
Get technical and business information.
Avoid the risk of accidentally using proprietary third-party content, or losing valuable data, original outputs, or another creative output.
Patents can transform an inventor’s knowledge into a marketable asset that opens up new possibilities to create jobs and boost business growth by licensing or joint ventures.
Small companies that have patent protection will be more appealing to investors who are involved in the development and commercialization of technology.
Patents can lead to the development of innovative ideas and inventions. This information can encourage creativity and could be eligible for protection under patents.
Patents can be used to prevent untrustworthy third parties from making money from the invention’s efforts.
The profits from technology patents that are successful and commercially viable could be used to finance the development of technology through research and development (R&D) and increase the chance of better technology in the future.
Intellectual property ownership can be used to convince lenders and investors that there are legitimate chances to market your product. Sometimes, one patent can open the door to a variety of financing possibilities. Patents as well as other IP assets can be used as collateral or security for debt financing. You may also present investors with your patent assets to increase company valuation. Forbes and other sources have stated that each patent can increase the value of a company by anything from $500,000 to $1 Million.
A solid business plan is essential for new businesses. It must be built on IP and show the way your product or service is distinctive. Additionally, investors will be impressed if you demonstrate that your IP rights are secured or are in the process of becoming secure, and that they align with your business plan.
It is essential to keep an invention secret prior to filing a patent application. A public disclosure of an invention can often damage its novelty and invalidate it. Disclosures that are filed prior to filing, like for investors, test marketing, or other business partners, is best done following the signing of a confidentiality agreement.
There are many kinds of patents, and understanding these is vital to safeguard your invention. Utility patents are for new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the best option to protect the proprietor from copycats and competitors. They are typically issued to improve or alter existing inventions. Utility patents also cover enhancements and modifications in existing inventions. A process patent could describe the methods or actions to perform a particular action. But, a chemical composition could be the combination of components.
How long does a patent last? While utility patents are valid for 20 years from the date of their earliest filing, they may be extended by delay in the Patent Office.
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Patent searches are essential when you are preparing a patent application. This allows you to view different ideas and provide insight into their creations. This allows you to limit the scope of your invention. Also, you can find out about the state of the art within your area of invention. This will assist you in comprehend the scope of your invention and prepare you for filing the patent application.
How to Search for Patents
The first step to get your patent is to do a patent search. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending is the term for the product that has been protected by the patent application. It is possible to search the public pair to find the patent application. When the patent office is satisfied with your application, you’ll be able to conduct a patent number search to find the patent issued. Your product will now be patented. It is also possible to use the USPTO search engine. Read on for more details. A patent lawyer or attorney can help you through the procedure. Patents granted in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office as well as the United States patent office. The office also examines trademark applications.
Interested in finding more similar patents? Here are the steps to follow:
1. Think of terms that describe your invention according to its function, composition, or use.
Start by writing down a brief and precise description of your invention. Avoid using generic terms such as “device”, “process,” or “system”. Consider synonyms for the terms you chose initially. Then, note important technical terms and keywords.
Utilize the questions below to help you determine keywords or concepts.
- What’s the purpose of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a method of making something or carrying out a function? Are you referring to an item?
- What is the structure of the invention? What is the invention’s physical structure?
- What’s the point of this invention?
- What are the technical terms and terms used to describe the nature of an invention? To help you find the correct terms, consult a technical dictionary.
2. These terms will enable you to search for pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications at Classification Search Tool. To determine the most suitable classification to your invention, look through the resulting classification’s class Schemes (class schedules). If you don’t see any results using the Classification Text Search, you may want to consider replacing the words to describe your invention using synonyms.
3. Examine 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition to verify the relevancy of the CPC classification you’ve found. If the chosen classification has a blue box that contains “D” The link to the CPC classification definition will be provided. CPC classification definitions can help determine the scope of the classification and therefore you’re certain to choose the one that is relevant. The definitions could also contain research tips or other suggestions that could be helpful for further investigation.
4. Find patent documents that have the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. You can search and select the relevant patent documents by looking first at abstract and representative drawings.
5. Utilize this list of most relevant patent publications to examine each in detail for similarity to your idea. Pay attention to the claims and specifications. You may find additional patents by consulting the patent examiner as well as the applicant.
6. Search for patent applications that have been published using the CPC classification you selected in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. You may also employ the same method of search that you used in step 4 to limit down your results to the most relevant patent applications by reviewing the abstracts and representative drawings on each page. After that, take a close look at the patent applications that have been published with particular attention paid to the claims and additional drawings.
7. Find other US patents by keywords searching in PatFT and AppFT databases, classification searching of non-U.S. patents as described below, and searching for non-patent literature disclosures of inventions using web search engines. Here are a few 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.