Beijing Voyager Technology Co., Ltd. (Beijing, CN)
Certain technologies, like the automated license plate reader system (ALPR), have been used to automatically record data like license plate numbers, location, time, date, and/or photos of any vehicle visible. Thisdata may be uploaded to a central repository to be used with a variety of applications. An application may contain law enforcement applications to find out where a vehicle has been previously, to establish whether a specific vehicle was in the scene of an incident, or to discover the patterns of travel so that they are able to dig further into criminal activity. A different application could be to work of the use of a “hotlist” of identifications for stolen vehicles. The hotlist may be loaded into an ALPR system by law enforcement agencies to assist in the look for stolen vehicles as well as criminally related vehicles.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 the invention. It gives the inventor the sole right to develop, utilize and market the idea. Society is benefited when new technologies are brought to the market. These benefits could be realized directly as people are able to perform feats previously thought impossible, or indirectly through the economic opportunities that innovation offers (business expansion, job creation).
A lot of pharmaceutical companies and researchers at universities seek protection from patents in their research and developments. Patents are granted to the creation of a product, process or method of creating new materials. Patent protection has to be granted to any invention that is valuable or novel and is not previously known to others in the same area.
Patents reward inventors for their commercially successful inventions. They act as an incentive for inventors to come up with new ideas. Small-scale businesses and inventors can rest assured that they will get a return on their investment in technology advancement through patents. It means that they can earn money from their work.
Patents are essential to businesses with the ability to:
Protect new products and services that are innovative;
Improve the visibility and the value of your products on market
Make your company and your products stand out from others;
Get technical and business information.
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Patents effectively transform the inventor’s knowledge into a marketable asset which opens new opportunities for job creation and business growth by licensing or joint ventures.
Investors in the development and commercialization of technology will appreciate small businesses with patent protection appealing.
Patenting can lead to innovations and new ideas. These information may be protected by patents.
Patents can serve as a deterrent to untrustworthy third parties profiting from the invention’s success.
Patent-protected technology revenues that are commercially profitable can be used to fund technological research and development (R&D), which will improve the chances of a better technology in the near future.
Intellectual property ownership is a way to convince investors and lenders that there are genuine opportunities to market your product. One patent that is powerful could lead to many financing options. Patents can be used along with other IP assets as collateral or security financing. Investors can also see the patents you own to boost the value of their company. Forbes and others have noted that every patent can boost the value of a company by anything from $500,000 to $1 Million.
Start-ups need a well-constructed business plan that builds on the IP to demonstrate that your product or service is distinctive and superior or ingenuous. Additionally, investors will be impressed if you can prove that your IP rights are secure or on the verge of becoming secure and they align with your business strategy.
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 unpatentable. The filing of disclosures prior to filing, for example, for investors, test marketing, or other business partners, should be done only after the signing of a confidentiality agreement.
There are a variety of patents, and understanding them is essential to protecting your invention. Utility patents cover new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Utility patents are best and protect the owner against copycats and competitors. They are typically issued to improve or modify existing inventions. Utility patents can also be used to improve or modify existing inventions. A process patent could describe the methods or actions to perform a specific action. However, a chemical composition could be the combination of ingredients.
What is the length of time a patent will last? While utility patents are valid for 20 years from the date of the initial filing, they are able to be extended through delay at the patent office.
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A patent search is an essential step when you’re writing the patent application. This will enable you to see other concepts and provide insights into the potential of them. This allows you to restrict the extent of your invention. Furthermore, you’ll be aware of the current state of technological advancements in your field of innovation. You’ll be able to get a better idea of what your invention ought to be and be more prepared to submit your patent application.
How to Search for Patents
A patent search is the initial step towards obtaining your patent. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending is the name used to describe the product that has been included in the patent application. You can search for the public pair to locate the patent application. After the patent office has approved the patent application, you will be able to conduct a patent number search to locate the patent that was issued and your product is now patented. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you may also use other search engines, such as espacenet, which is described below. It is possible to seek help from a patent attorney or patent attorney. In the US Patents are granted by the US patent and trademark office, also known as the United States patent and trademark office, which also examines trademark applications.
Are you looking for similar patents? Here are the steps to follow:
1. Think of terms that describe your invention in relation to its intended composition, use, or purpose.
Write down a brief, but precise explanation of your invention. Do not use generic terms such as “device,” “process,” and “system.” Instead, look for synonyms for the terms you selected initially. Also, make note of key technical terms as well as keywords.
To help you identify the key words and concepts, try the questions below.
- What is the objective of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Does the invention consist of a method of making something or performing an action? Does it constitute an item?
- What is the nature and purpose of the invention? What is the physical makeup of the invention?
- What is the purpose of this invention?
- What are technical terms and phrases that define the characteristics of an invention? A technical dictionary will help you find the appropriate words.
2. Use these terms to find relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications at the Classification Text Search Tool. If you’re not able to find the right classification to describe your invention, scan through the Schemas of classes (class schedules). If you do not get results using the Classification Text Search, you might consider substituting your words to describe your invention using synonyms.
3. Check 3. Check the CPC Classification Definition for confirmation of the CPC classification you’ve found. The link to the CPC classification definition is provided if the chosen classification title has a blue box that includes “D” on the left. CPC classification definitions will help determine the relevant classification’s scope and therefore you’re certain to choose the one that is relevant. These definitions may also include some search tips or other recommendations that can be useful for further investigation.
4. Retrieve patent documents with the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. By focusing on abstracts and representative drawings you can narrow your search for the relevant patent documents.
5. Use this selection of the most pertinent patent documents to look at each one in depth for any similarities to your idea. Be sure to read the specification and claims. You may find additional patents through contacting the patent examiner and the applicant.
6. You can retrieve patent applications published in the past that fit the CPC classification you chose in Step 3. You can use the same method of search as Step 4, narrowing your search results to the most relevant patent applications through the abstract and representative 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 look up other US patent publications using keyword searching in AppFT or PatFT databases, and also classification searching of patents that aren’t from the United States as in the following table. Also, you can make use of search engines on the internet to search for non-patent-related documents that describe inventions in the literature. For example:
- 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.