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June 1, 2000: The Patent Law Treaty is completed in Geneva

Fifty-three states and the European Patent Organization signed the Patent Law Treaty on June 1, 2000. The multilateral treaty was designed to coordinate formal procedures such as the requirements to obtain a filing date for a patent application. Social Share

Provisional Patent Applications

Lea en español 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. A provisional application […]

Intellectual Property

Websites Intellectual Property Law Server – Has three main pages: patent, copyright, and trademark. Links, substantive articles, and discussion forums available for all three topics. IP Mall – Hosted by Franklin Pierce Law Center. In addition to the big 3 (copyright, patents, and trademarks), links to information about licensing, trade secrets, technology transfer, and other […]


Lea en español Recognizing the importance of promoting invention and providing protection to inventors, the framers of the Constitution specifically empowered Congress to enact laws granting patents “for limited times.” Under current law, a patent may be obtained for a 20 year period, but may not be renewed. The patent gives the owner “the right […]