Intellectual Property Law
Find important legal information on intellectual property law including copyrighting issues, filing patents for inventions, establishing trademarks and protecting trade secrets.
The U.S. patent system awards patents to the first to invent, not the first to file an application. Therefore, proving an earlier invention could be critical to maintaining patents rights for an invention.
Provisional Patent Applications
The two types of patent applications are provisional and utility. A provisional application is not a true patent application; it basically allows an inventor to hold his or her place in line. The inventor receives a filing date but avoids paying the fees associated with filing a utility application.
Intellectual property research materials including links to websites, blogs, intellectual property associations, news and research guides.
June 1, 2000: The Patent Law Treaty is completed in Geneva (Tuesday 29 May 2007)
The Patent Law Treaty