ROVI GUIDES, INC. (San Jose, CA)
This disclosure is generally directed to media systems designed to play and receive media assets received from an external device. These systems and techniques provide enhanced buffer size management.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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What is a patent?
A patent is issued by the government to protect the invention. The patent grants the inventor the sole right to develop, utilize and market the invention. Society is benefited when new technologies are brought to the market. These benefits may be realized immediately by people who are able to perform feats previously thought impossible and indirectly by the economic benefits that innovation offers (business growth, employment).
Patent protection is sought by many universities and pharmaceutical companies for their work in research and development. Patents can be granted to products, processes, or method for making new materials. To be granted patent protection the invention must be novel, useful, and not obvious to other people in the same field.
Patents are awarded to inventors who have commercially successful inventions. They provide a reason for inventors to invent. Patents permit inventors and small businesses to know that there is the possibility that they’ll receive a return for their time, effort and money spent on technological development. They can earn money from their work.
Patents are a crucial part of companies, and they can:
Protect the latest products and services;
Improve the visibility and the value of your product’s presence on the market
Make your company and products stand out from others.
Access business and technical expertise and information;
Avoid the danger of accidentally using third-party proprietary content or losing important information, creative outputs, or any other innovative output.
Patents effectively transform the inventor’s knowledge into a commercially tradeable asset that opens up new possibilities for job creation and business growth through licensing or joint ventures.
Investors involved in the development and commercialization of technology will find small companies with patent protection appealing.
Patents can spark innovative ideas and inventions. The information you create may be eligible for protection under patents.
Patents can be used to prevent untrustworthy third parties from making money through the work of inventions.
Patent-protected technology that is commercially profitable could be used for financing technological research and development (R&D) that can increase the chance of better technology in future.
You can leverage the intellectual property rights of your company to convince lenders and investors that your product has real commercial value. Sometimes, a single patent could open the door to multiple financing options. Patents as well as other IP assets can be used as collateral or as security to finance debt. Investors can also see your patent assets to boost the value of your company. Forbes and other sources have pointed out that each patent can add between $500,000 and one million dollars to your company’s valuation.
A well-designed business plan is essential for new businesses. It must be based on IP and explain the way your product or service stands out. Investors will also be amazed if your IP rights are secure or in the process to being secured, and that they are in line with your business strategy.
It is essential to protect an invention before submitting a patent application. The public divulging an invention could be detrimental to its novelty and make it invalid. Therefore, pre-filing disclosures (e.g. for test-marketing, investors, or other business partners) should only be made after signing a confidentiality agreement.
There are a variety of patents and knowing these is vital to safeguard your invention. Patents on utility cover inventions and processes that are new. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the best option and shield the owner from copies and competitors. In most cases they are granted to improve or modify existing inventions. Utility patents also cover enhancements and modifications to existing inventions. For example, a process patent will cover acts or methods for performing a specific act, whereas chemical compositions will comprise the combination of ingredients.
What’s the duration of a patent last? Patents for utility last 20 years from the earliest date they were filed, but their expirations can be extended due to delays in the patent office such as.
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When drafting an application for patents it is recommended to conduct an internet search for patents, since the search will give you some insight into other people’s concepts. This can help you limit the potential of your invention. You can also find out about the latest developments in your field of invention. This will help you to know the extent of your invention and help prepare you for the filing of the patent application.
How to Search for Patents
Patent searches are the initial step to getting your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending is the name used to describe the product covered by the patent application. You can search the public pair to find the patent application. Once the patent office approves the application, you are able to conduct a patent number search to locate the issued patent. Your product is now patented. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you can also utilize other search engines such as espacenet as described below. A patent lawyer or attorney can advise you on the process. In the US, patents are issued by the US patent and trademark office, or the United States patent and trademark office, which also examines trademark applications.
Are you looking for similar patents? Here are the steps you should follow:
1. Brainstorm terms that describe your invention based on the intention, composition, and usage.
Begin by writing down a concise detailed description of your invention. Do not use generic terms like “device”, “process”, and “system”. Instead, think about synonyms for the terms you initially chose. Also, keep track of significant technical terms, as well as key words.
To help you find the key words and concepts, try the questions below.
- What is the purpose of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Invention is a method to come up with something or to perform some function? Does it constitute an item?
- What is the basis of the invention? What is the physical composition of the invention?
- What’s the objective of the invention?
- What are technical terms and keywords that describe the characteristics of an invention? To find the right terms, refer to an online dictionary of technical terms.
2. Use these terms to search for relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications on the Classification Text Search Tool. To determine the best classification for your invention, go through the resulting classification’s class Schemes (class schedules). You may want to consider substituting the terms you use for describing your invention, if you fail to receive any results from your Classification Text Search with synonyms such as the terms you used in step 1.
3. Examine 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition to verify the validity of the CPC classification that you’ve found. If the classification you have selected has a blue box with a “D” at its left, clicking on the link will direct you to the CPC classification definition. CPC classification definitions can aid you in determining the classification’s scope of application so that you can choose the one that is most appropriate. Furthermore, these definitions can 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 illustrations it is possible to narrow your search to find the most relevant patent publications.
5. Utilize this list of most pertinent patent documents to study each in depth to find similarities to your own invention. Take note of the specifications and claims. Refer to the applicant and patent examiner to obtain additional patents.
6. You can retrieve patent applications published in the past that fit the CPC classification you chose in Step 3. You can apply the same search strategy in Step 4 to narrow your search results down to the most relevant patent application through the abstract as well as the illustrations on every page. Then, you must carefully review the patent applications that have been published and pay particular attention to the claims and the additional drawings.
7. You can find additional US patent publications by keywords in the AppFT and PatFT databases, as well as classification search to find non-U.S. Patents as described below. Additionally, you can use web search engines to search for non-patent-related patent disclosures in literature about inventions. For instance:
- 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.