1. Printed publication being a category of prior art includes online content Patent laws require that the invention be new and non obvious over existing information in the public domain. Information about the invention can enter the public domain and become prior art through various means including but not limited to posting information on the internet which may be deemed a … [Read more...]
A printed publication is one of the three bars to patentability that starts the one year grace period for filing a patent application. A reference is proven to be a “printed publication” “upon a satisfactory showing that such document has been disseminated or otherwise made available to the extent that persons interested and ordinarily skilled in the subject matter or art, exercising reasonable diligence, can locate it.
Under U.S. patent laws, an application for patent must be filed within one year of the first public use, sale, offer for sale, or printed publication. Otherwise, those activities will be considered prior art against any later filed patent application. With the rise of communication over the Internet, these bars to patentability (i.e., public use, sale, offer for sale, or … [Read more...]
Inventors are not required to file a patent application before marketing their invention (i.e., product or service) to others. However, doing so is not the recommended course of action because the inventor could lose their patent rights due to the first to file rule. A third party may see the invention, make a slight modification to the invention and file a patent application. … [Read more...]